How are Norwich City’s Canaries flying so high?

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Losing felt strange for Jonny Howson. For the first time since the 6th of October, Howson, a midfielder for Norwich City, and the rest of his mates left the field without a point, losers in a cruel 4-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the League Cup last week. But it is an odd feeling to have for someone on a club with one main goal in mind: survival. Losing is familiar, not so foreign, for teams fighting regularly against the ghastly spectre of relegation.

Not for Norwich — no longer, anyway. Plummeting into the basement of the Premier League early in the new season, conceding 17 goals in their first seven games, the Canaries spread their wings just before splattering on the ground. They beat Arsenal in October, then Manchester United, and have not lost a game in the league since. Unbeaten in 10 matches, they only trail Barcelona — who are off to the best start La Liga has ever seen ­— in form.

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Can Norwich City avoid the drop?

By Ajay Rose, writing from London

It’s a simple question, and it’s one that Norwich City have faced time and time again. Two successive promotions and a remarkable 12th placed finish in the Premier League last year is a commendable achievement for any football club. The last day of last term saw the Canaries round off a delightful first season back in the big time, but also the cliché, ‘if they can cheat with you, they can cheat on you’ comes to mind. It was a little over 3 summers ago which marked Bryan Gunn’s last game in charge, after Paul Lambert’s Colchester decimated Norwich at Carrow Road 7-1. A few weeks later, Paul Lambert began his reign as messiah at Carrow Road, the start of the rise of one of Britain’s finest young managers. 3 years later would see Lambert take charge of the last team he beat with Norwich, Aston Villa.

This leaves Chris Hughton with the task of moulding together a new philosophy, as we have seen with the switch to a traditionally British 4-4-2 and a new squad, as well as maintain Norwich’s status amongst the elite in English football. Sounds like an easy task given the comfort of the Canaries in the last campaign… right?

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