Blame it on the Norwich

Rick Everitt suggests that the misery of the last decade can be traced back to a game against Norwich in April 2010:

"The Canaries may be battling to avoid a sixth relegation in their ten seasons of top-flight football since 1992, but the contrast with the Addicks’ situation is especially stark. For just over a dozen years ago, the two clubs' fates were locked together. There was nothing really between them in terms of size. Now Norwich return as the first Premier League visitors to The Valley in a competitive match since 2007. And it’s arguable that they inadvertently delivered the blow that condemned us to the present purgatory."

"City keeper Fraser Forster was the star man. The home side had 68% of the possession and nine shots to Norwich’s two, of which seven were on target. The Addicks also forced nine corners to the Canaries’ one, but it was to no avail as Michael Nelson headed the only goal from his side’s solitary flagkick on 34 minutes."

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