Norwich City: 6 Things Noticed from Aston Villa Draw
I know that a lot of fans wanted Norwich to win this game, but in the end everyone had to settle for a draw. It should be noted that the Canaries were the better team throughout and should be very pleased with the performance they delivered in the 1-1 draw.
Aston Villa may note that they may have played better had they not been reduced to ten men, but had the referee done his job properly, Villa would have actually finished the match with nine men.
Canaries Must Improve the Quality of Their Delivery
Overall, I was very impressed with the performance from the lads, but the wasted opportunities were the biggest disappointments from the match. Time and time again, Norwich were in a good position but the final cross or ball was poor. This is something for Chris Hughton to work on to try and make sure his team makes better use of great openings.
It was telling that that the one time we did get a great ball in, Michael Turner headed home from Wes Hoolahan's delivery. Therefore, it just shows what could have been had the consistency been there.
Quality of Finishing Also Needs Work
Norwich may not have created as many opportunities as they would have liked due to the aforementioned poor delivery. But they did still have a number of clear-cut chances to score, and the best of them fell to Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt.
If Hughton sticks with this formation, then those two will need to contribute significantly this season. Prior to the game, Holt was on a run of three goals in as many games, so he will be disappointed that he wasn't able to make it four in four. However, some credit should go to Villa goalkeeper Guzan, who had a fine game.
Turner and Bassong Partnership Still Needs Some Work
I think it's quite clear that the partnership between Turner and Bassong is the one that Hughton likes, and there are at least signs that they could form a decent pairing. However, the Villa goal showed that there is still work to be done.
Nevertheless, Turner has played well in the last two games and long may that continue.
Good to See Ryan Bennett Getting Some Match Time
Like many Norwich fans, I have been disappointed with the amount of time Ryan Bennett has spent on the pitch this season. However, he was asked to fill in at right back during the match against Aston Villa.
Russell Martin isn't likely to be risked in the cup match, so Ryan might expect to start in this position against Spurs.
Thoughts on the Subs...
The attacking changes that Hughton made in the second half seemed to be pretty positive. Snodgrass and Morison both seemed to make an impact on the match. I would have personally opted for Jackson ahead of Morison. His pace may have led to a late winning goal and I love his work rate. But that is more of a personal preference.
Hopefully, Jackson will be rewarded with a start on Wednesday night against Spurs.
Does Hughton Just Not Like Fox?
Like most fans, I am completely lost on what is going on with David Fox. He is a quality player that is surely the best passer of the ball at the club. If Hughton has decided that Tettey and Johnson are the best central midfield options, then that is completely fine.
After all, they have done a decent job in the last couple of games. However, to not have him on the bench is a little bit strange. The lads just don't seem to pass the ball as well when he is not on the pitch, so I find it hard to believe he is completely out of the picture, but that appears to be the case.
Hopefully, he will get his chance on Wednesday night to prove to Hughton that he deserves to be involved.