Another clean sheet! That’s four in a row since the horror shows at Villa and Millwall. Another blank at Carrow Road. Fewer grumbles. Daniel Farke is getting there. Which is encouraging. And the natives (for the most part) appear to be with him. Which is miraculous. Not everyone’s impressed though…
It’s borin’ in’t it bor?
Despite the obvious improvements Farke’s managed to make on a defence that has creaked for years. And despite their demands that said defence be improved, now clean sheets are being maintained, there are some around me in the upper Barclay who believe the football is boring.
To be honest, these people can Farke off. Usually 50+ and shortsighted (in mentality as well as eyesight), the moaners can be easily identified by their dour demeanour and….
This is not defensive football a la Chris Hughton’s 2013 vintage. Far from concentrating solely on a clean sheet, hoping only for a minor miracle on the counter-attack to win a game, Farke’s football is more progressive. And for the second consecutive home game, the Canaries could have won the match had simple chances been taken.
This week, it was Marco Stiepermann who fluffed the simple chance that came his way. Mario Vrancic hit the post. Cameron Jerome the back of the net, but from an offside position.
While Norwich clearly are still creating good, if not plentiful, opportunities, something is still clearly missing…
Cambridge United (a) – ouch!
That the goals are not flowing can probably be traced back to July 15th.
The Venue: Abbey Stadium
Mark Roberts’s bad tackle damaged Alex Pritchard’s ankle – an injury which looks set to keep him out until January. As one of City’s most creative players, the diminutive playmaker’s talents have been sorely missed.
Timm Klose was also injured in the Cambridge friendly, and it wasn’t until his return that the defence started to look more solid. Hopefully, wee Alex’s recovery will prove equally inspirational.
And let’s hope Norwich are still in with a chance of the playoffs when he returns to first-team action.
How good are this Norwich team?
A number of people around me, my dear old man included, believe this Norwich team should be steamrollering the likes of Bristol. This is the same Bristol who are now unbeaten in five games and sit 8th in the league.
And the same Norwich who’s line up included 7 players who have been at the club Less than three months. 4 of those are now plying their trade in a new country. Two more are entering their first year of continued first-team football. And the seventh – Marley Watkins – playing at a genuinely competitive Championship club for the first time in his career.
That it’s taken a few weeks to adjust, acclimatise and gel shouldn’t really come as a surprise. There’s potential there, potential that is quickly starting to be realised. How good they can be will be seen over time – Middlesbrough on Tuesday will be a good test – but for now, I just don’t know where they stand.
They’re certainly not at a stage where they can just turn up against an organised side such as Bristol City and win.
But, I’m fairly certain this is the kind of game last season’s squad would have lost 1-0. But then again they may have won 6-0!
Maybe some consistency isn’t so bad after all.