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No more Chirpy Chirpy Cheap Cheap!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

Evening Star columnist MATTHEW TACKET has been biting his lip over the brickbats coming from the other end of the A140 - but with the Tractor Boys preparing for their night of destiny in Moscow, he could not resist a look at how things are going for the Canaries today.

I KNOW our beloved Tractor Boys haven't made the dream start we were all hoping for this season, but the speed with which the brickbats have flown from the other end of the A140 has been a bit irritating recently.

We've all heard about the rogue scoreboard operator at Carrow Road on Saturday – and we've been suffering from taunts about the 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford ever since.

But things don't seem quite so bad today after Norwich lost by a similar result at Preston North End – they're a club with an impressive past but they're hardly on a par with the Old Trafford giants these days.

My spies up north tell me that the Canaries have been chirping over the fact that our match with Torpedo Moscow on BBC1 last week "only" attracted 4.1 million viewers – 700,000 less than watched a Horizon documentary about a Pakistani Mummy.

An e-mail that is circulating about these figures. When was the last time 4.1 million people watched a Norwich match?

However, our match did pull in 2.8 million more viewers than the Leeds United game against Maritimo broadcast on Channel 5. It was also around 4,080,000 more people than attended Norwich's game with Preston last night.

Speaking of which, the Canaries are choking on their bird seed today, after last night's crushing defeat.

Admittedly, if this game had been played in the 1800s – no I wasn't about then – we would have expected a rout, with Preston winning everything in sight.

However, up until last night they were just seven places from the foot of Division One and had won only two games all season.

And as Ipswich Town go in to tonight's game against Torpedo Moscow in the UEFA Cup, Norwich fans will be struggling to remember the heady days of Jeremy Goss and Chris Sutton that gave them their brief moment of glory.

A hint of jealousy from Carrow Road is more than evident. Even Look East poked a bit of fun in their direction last night – before the Preston match.

"Shall we look at the weather in Preston or Moscow?" Stewart White asked weathergirl Julie Reinger.

"I think we'll go to Moscow," she replied with a smirk.

Congratulations to George Burley and his team of stars. Let's hope for a famous victory tonight and that this season is even only half as successful as the last.

And while Town contemplate a European glory run, Norwich are back in training today - preparing to take on the might of Sheffield United at Bramhall Lane on Saturday.

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