Norwich will doubtless take great heart from snapping an 11-match winless streak against West Brom ahead of three pivotal Premier League fixtures.
Next up for the Canaries, 21/20 to stay up, are fellow relegation battlers Newcastle, then Crystal Palace and Sunderland in consecutive games.
Victory at the Hawthorns would serve as a timely confidence booster for most sides, but Alex Neil’s men have struggled to follow up their top-flight wins this season, winning successive games once all term – rare successes have foreshadowed lengthy lean patches.
They had to wait seven matches for another three points after beating Bournemouth 3-1 in East Anglia back in September.
Besting Swansea ended that particular winless run, but simultaneously kicked off another lean streak, this time registering one victory in their next six.
Back-to-back victories over Aston Villa and Southampton still represent the only time they’ve managed consecutive wins all term, but the efforts expended in earning those successes evidently took a serious toll.
The aforementioned 11 matches without a triumph, including nine losses, came immediately after beating the Saints in the second of those fixtures.
Given Norwich’s inability to follow one victory with another, their latest 1-0 success was arguably wasted on West Brom, a side comfortably clear of the relegation picture.
It would have made far more sense being deployed in one of their three forthcoming fixtures against the sides currently stationed in 16th, 18th, or 19th, all of whom have a game in hand over them.
The Canaries are 6/5 favourites to tap Newcastle for three points at Carrow Road next time out, with the draw 11/5 and a Magpies win priced at 23/10.
Rafa Benitez’s men are 11/25 to be demoted, one of only two sides, along with 2/5 Sunderland, shorter than the 7/10 East Anglians in the Premier League relegation betting.
Palace, who Norwich travel to face on April 9, are only five points above Alex Neil’s men yet as long as 12/1 to go down.