It seems like an eternity ago that we faced each other at Carrow Road on the opening day, but it would be fantastic if we could claim a similar result today and end this long wait for a league win.
It hasn’t been the greatest few months for us on the pitch, but it feels like we need a little bit of perspective. We’re as many points away from the relegation zone as we are from 11th place, but we’re also in an FA Cup semi-final and one step away from having the chance at getting our hands on our first ever piece of major silverware.
You learn more in defeat than you do in victory, and over the past 14 league games we’ve learnt a lot about ourselves. We’ve all made mistakes, myself included, but you have to remember we’ve only been in this league three years and we’re still relatively inexperienced compared to most teams we come up against who are battle-hardened from the highs and the lows of Premier League life. It’s what makes this division the best in the world, and why we’re delighted to be a part of it. This run will only make us stronger in the long term.
There’s been a bit of negativity on social media and messageboards recently, and I think we need to understand that there will be difficult times and come together to make sure we support the players as passionately and positively as when we were flying high at the end of 2015.
Our crowd have been lauded for their vibrant support throughout these last few years as we have defied the odds to win promotion and stay in the top-flight. Now we need you more than ever to stay with us – after all the path to greatness isn’t a straight line.
Three points for either side today could prove huge in a few weeks’ time when the season draws to a close, so we need as much backing from the stands as possible this afternoon. It can only help our boys play to their maximum. If we do that then I’m sure that we can get that elusive victory.
With Everton coming here on Wednesday, and then Arsenal and Manchester United on the horizon before the semi-final, now would be the perfect moment to get a little bit of momentum ahead of that Wembley date, so make sure you sing your hearts out for the whole 90 minutes today and hopefully the tide will turn at the perfect time.
Today’s game will also see us support the work of Kick It Out. For over 20 years, Kick It Out has played a vital role in ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, is welcomed into the community of football.
Their message of equality is essential to us and this is why we’re supporting Kick It Out today and encouraging all supporters to download their free app to eradicate all forms of discrimination from the game.
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