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I have to confess, I’m not entirely sure if Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace was a point gained for Norwich City or two dropped.

On one hand, the result stretches our unbeaten run to four games in all competitions, keeping the forward momentum built by recent victories over Everton, Watford and Wolves intact.

I also felt the way the game panned out, with Palace dominating for large spells, we were fortunate to come away with anything. In fact, the Eagles had a staggering 72 per cent possession – the most I can remember from any visiting side at Carrow Road in recent years.

Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman
Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman

And then there was of course the small matter of Wilfried Zaha’s woeful effort from the penalty spot – a real let off.

On the flip side, it does feel like a bit of a missed opportunity given Teemu Pukki got us off to the perfect start, scoring inside the first minute after neat play from Milot Rashica.

It was a trademark finish from the Finn, who I’m sure will be frustrated not to have doubled the advantage before the Palace onslaught began, taking too long on the ball after being put in by Rashica.

Given the fight against relegation, you also have to look at the result in the context of our next two fixtures versus Manchester City and Liverpool.

Now I’m not going to sit here and call them free hits because other teams have shown it is possible to take points from the top two sides.

But it would also be naïve not to acknowledge the size of the task facing the Canaries – and what two defeats could do for the league table.

If we are going to come up trumps in either game, we will need to rely heavily on stand-in goalkeeper Angus Gunn.

Gunn has had to wait patiently for his opportunity since returning to the club – and despite a bit of a shaky start – seems to be finding his form again, making a number of top saves against Palace. Long may that continue.