Norwich City lifted the gloom enveloping Carrow Road with a rousing 3-1 victory over West Ham in their final fixture before the international break and there’s every reason to expect that despite prophesies of misery from some quarters, the Canaries can justify odds of 31/100 about avoiding Premier League relegation.
Chris Hughton’s men have had the same points total after 11 games in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
The 10-match unbeaten burst that did so much to ensure another season of Rupert Murdoch loot in East Anglia was already three games deep by the time matchday 12 rolled around last term.
By this token Norwich’s start to the campaign has been less dire than their efforts in the previous edition of the Premier League, with no prolonged undefeated run having yet arrived to speed along the points-harvest.
With the understanding between some exciting signings sure to improve as the season unfolds, they’re unlikely to encounter such a lean spell again.
Norwich’s equivalent games last term yielded a point less than the amount they’ve amassed this season.
If their results last term are considered then Norwich can’t be seen to be going backwards, with only big investors Everton, Tottenham and Man City achieving better results against the Canaries than they did in 2012/13.
Meanwhile they’ve stepped up on last season’s efforts against a vastly-improved Southampton side, Stoke City and West Ham United.
The first of the two trios of sides mentioned above indicate the degree of difficulty attached to the opening stanzas of the East Anglians’ 2013/14 dance card, which has also seen league tete-a-tetes with Chelsea and Arsenal.
As such their points-per-game yield can be expected to rise in the months ahead.
Their three-goal second-half salvo against the Hammers showed a side keen to play for the manager.
The veins in Chris Hughton’s temples must have been beating a military tattoo as he marched down the tunnel at half-time in his side’s last fixture, 1-0 down to one of the division’s most toothless road attacks.
Whatever he said at half-time seemed to have the desired result, as his side came out for the final period with vastly improved application and fired in three unanswered goals that may have even saved the former Tottenham stalwart his job.