Norwich City always knew that a defeat from their visit to Chelsea was a likely result. But defeats still hurt, and it was disappointing to concede four goals. That being said, Chelsea put on a good performance in the 4-1 win, and were by far the superior side.
The Canaries will need to pick themselves up for a home game against Arsenal followed by a string of more winnable games.
The main positive from the game was the superb opening goal created by Hoolahan, knocked back from Barnett and finished by Holt. However, the early goal also caused Chelsea to spring into life and put Norwich to the sword in the first half.
It was good to see Holt finding the net for the second time this season, but disappointing that the goal didn't impact the final result,
Despite the result, I think we are getting closer to finding the right formula within the team. Tettey and Hoolahan look like they could be key players for us this season. The Irishman's creativity is a very important weapon for the Canaries to use.
Alexander Tettey has all the qualities to become a top quality Premier League midfielder. Although, I would also like to see Chris Hughton to find a place for David Fox in the side.
The thing that was most disappointing about the Chelsea performance was the fact that the opposition didn't ever have to work particularly hard. All their goals were preventable by simply the denying the time and space. Overall, I wasn't impressed with our work rate when we didn't have the ball.
Hopefully, we can close down players against Arsenal and deny the time and space on the ball. Otherwise, I fear a third consecutive heavy defeat.
Against Liverpool, it appeared that Michael Turner was the main problem with the defense. However, the Chelsea match proved that it is clearly not as simple as that, and the partnership between Bassong and Barnett may not be as strong as initially thought.
Therefore, it may be time to give Ryan Bennett a chance to prove his worth.
I think most Norwich City fans would agree that the biggest strength of the team lies in the midfield. So, it makes sense to play to those strengths. That may also mean continuing to use only one striker up front. To be honest, I don't think Steve Morison is deserving of a start at the moment, and I think we need Jackson as a pace option from the bench.
I would also add that Norwich City are a better team attacking and taking the game to the opposition; sitting back does not suit us at all,