There were certainly some very good things that the Canaries did in the game, and overall it was a very strong performance. But there were also a few things that Norwich could improve on in the coming games.
So sit back and enjoy as we relive some moments from the game and discuss what we learned.
I have to admit when John Ruddy got injured, I wasn’t as confident as some other people that we wouldn’t miss him based on the quality of Mark Bunn. We seemed to be basing that theory on his performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup.
However, I haven’t seen too much to suggest that Bunn is anywhere near Ruddy’s level in the past two games. I think it’s fair to say that he had a mediocre game against Swansea; he did some things well, but some badly. I’m not quite sure what he was doing when Swansea scored their third goal, and he showed considerable indecision for their second.
Finally, he got away with one for the disallowed goal. I don’t think he was fouled in any way and just wasn’t strong enough to claim the ball. The biggest problem seems to be a lack of confidence and conviction in his play. I’m reminded that we have a very talented young goalkeeper in Declan Rudd, and hopefully he will get a chance against Aston Villa.
If Rudd proves to do well, then why not give him another go against Wigan on Saturday? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we signed Bunn, and his experience will be useful to us while Ruddy is out. But does he really have better quality than Rudd? I would be interested to know what people think on this.
Agreed, this is not a likely outcome, but he is certainly proving himself as a useful option. The amount of goals we are scoring from set pieces at the moment is certainly pleasing. But in all seriousness, there doesn’t seem to be a clear candidate for our top scorer this season with Bassong, Snodgrass, Pilkington and Holt all in the mix.
It is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility for the Cameroon defender to hit double digits this season. I think it is interesting that Paul Lambert’s Canaries were given all the plaudits for being a free-scoring team, but Hughton’s team might actually have more various sources of goals. It is also interesting that the trend for scoring-headed efforts seems to be continuing this season.
It’s never the most comfortable feeling when a winning team is changed, especially when it’s not clear if the two players in question were actually injured. But it’s a long, hard season, and changes are sometimes needed to keep things fresh. This is surely something that Paul Lambert took a little bit too seriously, but the balance seems to be more or less perfect with Hughton.
It will be very interesting to see how the midweek cup clash is handled; the Norwich City manager has more or less suggested that he will makes changes. But it remains to be seen if that means 10 changes or just a few. I have mixed feelings about it because I think we need to prioritize the Premier League, but I would be delighted if we reached the semifinals of the Capital One Cup.
I think the majority of Norwich City fans were impressed with Robert Snodgrass since we first saw him early on in the season, but maybe he lacked that end product. However, now he looks dangerous and has that end product to his game.
I think he played a crucial role in the win against Swansea, laying on a goal for Grant Holt with that quite superb delivery and wrapping the game up in the second half with a superb free kick. I always thought we would get a fair few goals out of him this season, so it is pleasing that is now beginning to materialise.
One of the most pleasing things about Saturday’s win was seeing Grant Holt back to what he does best. I think at the end of the day that was a very important goal when you consider how Swansea came storming back in the second half.
The big man has received some unjust criticism lately, but he proved against Swansea that when a chance comes his way he can finish like he always has in a Norwich shirt. It would be nice if he could now hit a little run of form to keep everyone happy.