We had a great run of results in the last update to put us in with a great shout of survival but plenty of work was still required to see us home so let’s see how the next few games went.
25 Apr 20: Liverpool v Norwich City: Premier League, Anfield (att: 53,836)
This Norwich City side just love a trip to Merseyside and they continued that trend with a fantastic victory over Liverpool at Anfield. Teemu Pukki opened the scoring for the canaries after finishing a fantastic counter attacking move against the run of play towards the end of the first half and Onel Hernández doubled their advantage not long after the break when his deflected effort found its way past a bewildered Alisson in the Liverpool goal. The reds only had themselves to blame for this result as they spurned a number of great opportunities with Salah in particular having a truly horrible day in front of goal but Norwich City won’t care as they go home with another fantastic three points.
29 Apr 20: Watford v Norwich City: Premier League, Vicarage Road (att: 21,192)
The canaries have been on a great run and have been very clinical in front of goal recently but not today as they left their shooting boots at home and could hardly keep the ball in the stadium with shooting efforts flying left, right and centre. This was a game with two near post corner goals and one for each team with Troy Deeney scoring for Watford and Josip Drmic for Norwich and I suppose in the end both teams were probably happy enough with the draw.
03 May 20: Norwich City v Brighton: Premier League, Carrow Road (att: 27,329)
Two teams battling for relegation here and after a limp start from the hosts Adam Webster opened the scoring for the visiting seagulls with a scrappy goal from a corner in the 20th minute. Norwich then huffed and puffed but just couldn’t create any real chances so it was the Brighton contingent who would travel home in great spirits after sealing a much needed three points for them.
05 May 20: Manchester United v Norwich City: Premier League, Old Trafford (att: 75,607)
Norwich City started very well and got their reward as Teemu Pukki prodded home from six yards out after David De Gea made a hash of clearing a speculative shot from distance by Emi Buendia. Paul Pogba restored parity with a low drive from the edge of the Norwich box midway through the first half before Sam Byram went in hard on United's Jesse Lingard to receive his marching orders from referee Peter Banks much to the disgust of Norwich manager Ian Dawson. After managing to hold on for much of the second half the canaries ended up with nothing as Odion Ighalo scored with a lucky deflected goal with just minutes remaining to give the home side all three points.
So after a fantastic result against Liverpool we proceeded to undo all of our good work with a few horrible results to put us right back in the mire. Survival is no longer in our hands although based on the remaining fixtures of the relegation threatened sides you’d think a couple of wins would be enough but that’s easier said than done at this stage. Both Brighton and Crystal Palace are more than likely going to be okay and the Bournemouth against Southampton tie could prove to be crucial in this battle.
Forthcoming fixtures in the relegation battle
Saturday 9th May 2020
Brighton v Burnley
Newcastle United v Norwich City
Sunday 10th May 2020
Arsenal v Watford
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Bournemouth v Southampton
Monday 11th May 2020
Crystal Palace v Everton
Friday 15th May 2020
Manchester United v Southampton
Sunday 17th May 2020
Chelsea v Bournemouth
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Norwich v Aston Villa
Southampton v Brighton
Watford v Liverpool
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