In 19th century coal mining there were no automated ventilation systems, leaving the pit workers at risk of perishing from toxic gases.
So they used to bring a caged canary down to the coalface with them. Canaries are especially sensitive to carbon monoxide and methane and would keel over dead soon after inhaling them.
If the little yellow bird kept singing, the miners knew that all was well.
I thought of this before Saturday’s game against Norwich: given the haphazard nature of our results this season and, in particular, the untimely run of form we have struck of late, it felt like we were getting our own Canary Test.
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