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Norwich City need to take all three points from tonight's trip to fellow Premier League strugglers Watford



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Even with 17 games remaining, it’s impossible to downplay the significance of tonight’s trip to relegation rivals Watford.

The Canaries head to Vicarage Road with renewed optimism on the back of last weekend’s 2-1 win against Everton, which ended a run of six straight defeats.

The performance against the Toffees was everything it needed to be given the recent form; committed, resilient and full of heart. Of course, we needed a bit of fortune, but Dean Smith and his boys fully deserved the victory.

Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman
Norwich City supporter Edward Seaman

After such a team display, it’s difficult to single out individuals, but I want to heap the praise on young Adam Idah, whose work-rate epitomised the collective effort on show.

The 20-year-old was rewarded for his endeavours with a first Premier League goal for the club, slipping the ball under Jordan Pickford to double our first-half lead.

Since breaking on to the scene with an FA Cup hat-trick against Preston two years ago, Idah has had to bide his time for opportunities.

He may have racked up more than 50 games for the club in all competitions, but prior to the last two games against West Ham and Everton, only four of his league appearances had come from the start.

Idah’s ability has never been in doubt, but it is that lack of action which has led to many – me included – asking whether a loan move would be best for his development.

But under Smith it appears he has a central role to play in our bid for survival.

In all honesty, one win does little to change the landscape at the bottom of the table, especially given we have played more games than our rivals.

That includes tonight’s opponents, Watford, who are a point better off with two games in hand.

With that in mind, it is a must win game for us. Three points would really breathe life into our fight. Defeat, and the road to survival gets increasingly longer.