Norwich City: 5 Things About Stoke City Win
Good afternoon, Norwich City fans. This 1-0 win against Stoke City may not have been pretty, but it was all about the result in the end. I don't think many of us enjoyed the match very much, but it is always nice to win a game irrespective of the circumstances.
There have been some games this season when we have feared for the worse. However, the Canaries are very much back on track after seven points from the last three games. And with a game against Reading to come, things could get even better.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy the slideshow!
Chris Hughton's Norwich City Team Is Starting to Take Shape
I think we know that Hughton puts much more importance on the defense than Lambert ever did. So, he must be very satisfied with the last two league home games, because his team has both won but also kept two clean sheets.
Bassong and Tettey already look like key players and have done so much to ensure that defensive stability.
Norwich City had enough chances to make things more comfortable for themselves, but when Stoke piled on the pressure late in the game, it was Norwich that held firm to secure another priceless victory.
Credit Must Go to Ryan Bennett and Leon Barnett
It is always a real blow to lose players to injury during the game. This is especially true when those players are part of the defense. However, Ryan Bennett and Barnett came in and continued the good work of Turner and Garrido before them.
It is pleasing for fans, because it shows the level of depth there is in the squad. However, we all hope that Turner and Garrido haven't picked up anything serious.
A Very Impressive League Debut from Steven Whittaker
The Scottish defender showed what he is all about in this game, and it looks as though Hughton secured himself a bargain here. The player looks strong in the tackle but also offers some decent options going forward.
On this evidence, it will be tough to see Russell Martin getting back in the side in a hurry. But the competition between these two for the remainder of the season will be a great thing.
Steve Morison's Introduction Made Perfect Sense
There is a constant debate about which striker we should bring off the bench to impact games.
But I think there is a time for Jackson and then there is a time for Morison.
Under these circumstances, we were looking to protect a 1-0 lead against a very big and physical team, so it made perfect sense to bring on one of our more physical players to try to hold on to the ball and take some pressure off.
The Man of the Match Is Awarded To.....
This was a real team performance, so it's always difficult to single out one player, although it would be easy to give the award to Alex Tettey or Wes Hoolahan in every game.
But Norwich weren't at their free-flowing best, and there are certainly other contenders.
For instance, Robert Snodgrass, for coming back into the side, winning the free kick and delivering it for Bradley Johnson. Johnson was another contender, for getting the winning goal and putting in another strong display from midfield. Then, there is, of course, that aforementioned debut from Whittaker.
However, for me, it was Sebastien Bassong that stood out.
Stoke were piling on pressure late in the game in a different sort of way than Arsenal did. Anyone that watches Stoke knows this involves launching long balls into the box. And the strikers they used during the game—Crouch, Walters and Jones—are all huge and can cause plenty of problems.
But it was Bassong that more often than not was getting his head on the ball or whacking the ball clear. Without him, I fear Stoke would have been rewarded with an equalizer.