Norwich City: 5 Things Learned from Man City Defeat
Losing a game at home to Man City was not exactly a huge shock by any means, but the Canaries have reason to feel a little disappointed to have pushed the champions so close but not gained any points.
I think it’s fair to say that when you score three goals at home, you should expect to take something out of the game. Nevertheless, the side should feel very proud of their performance and not too down about a narrow 4-3 defeat.
So, sit back and enjoy my slideshow on some of the finer points from the game.
How Much Time Can We Really Give Mark Bunn?
It was another mixed afternoon at the office for Mark Bunn. He certainly produced some decent saves but was also at fault for at least two of the goals. There was a lot of talk on Twitter after the game, and fans seem divided on the issue.
Some are of the opinion that he's simply not good enough, and maybe, Chris Hughton has made a bad signing here, but others think the comparison with John Ruddy is unfair. I guess I stand somewhere in the middle on this issue. Of course, we can’t expect the player to be perfect, and it is clear why he is the No. 2 goalkeeper.
But, we need to ensure that he is not a liability, and we might be better off with giving Rudd a go instead. I think I would like to see a massive improvement because, at the moment, he is making errors on too regularly. If he can’t cut it out, then maybe we should look at giving Declan Rudd a go because he deserves some experience.
Does It Really Matter Who's Scoring the Goals?
This was another game when a striker was not among the goals for Norwich City, but the team still managed three goals. So, does who's scoring really matter?
I suppose the other side of this is that a regular goal-scoring striker could take the pressure off other parts of the pitch. It also seems that the vast majority of goals are coming from set pieces rather than open play. But in Robert Snodgrass, Norwich has a player who is able to provide excellent delivery.
The fact that Anthony Pilkington scored the opening Norwich goal is a further good sign of the goals being shared around the team. And I’m sure anyone who had a bet on Russell Martin scoring a brace would have done rather well.
The First Five Minutes Was a Warning About the Defence
This was a crazy first few minutes from Norwich City in this game, and I thought the game was over after we went 2-0 down. But credit for the boys for coming back and proving that they can score a few goals when they need to, however. It’s a reminder that the defence is not yet a finished product.
Nevertheless, the team defended fairly well for the rest of the game, despite conceding another two goals. If Chris Hughton’s philosophy is to worry about the defence first, then he will need to ensure we start in more determined fashion in the future.
It was pleasing that Norwich showed plenty of determination and spirit to get back into the match, and in the end, it looked like the Canaries might have just been able to grab a late equaliser. On the day, it wasn’t to be, but on another day, it might well happen.
Harry Kane Looks Hungry
It is never ideal when Grant Holt misses a game and then Steve Morison has to come off injured as well, but Harry Kane entered the fray and did well. He may not have had a meaningful chance, but he chased everything and showed the kind of work ethic that Grant Holt would have been proud of.
I may suggest that he shows the sort of hunger that is seldom seen from Morison, so much so that he could become a crowd favourite here, especially if he could also score a few goals to help consolidate Norwich’s position.
Kane, of course, has been here for a while, but his opportunities have been limited due to injury. Nevertheless, the fit-again loan striker will be keen to impress Hughton for further opportunities. Norwich City will almost certainly be looking for attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window.
However, Kane may allow the club to save a bit of money while also solving the problem. Therefore, it will be a very interesting few weeks, but I would expect Hughton to strengthen this area of the pitch if he possibly can.
Time to Get Back to Winning Ways Against West Ham
The last three games have been very tough on the Canaries against three sides that have had decent seasons, so far. It is never nice to lose three games on the spin in the Premier League, but Chris Hughton is fully aware that such runs are almost certainly going to happen.
Just like the unbeaten run before that proved positive runs can also be put together. Nevertheless, an extensive run of bad results quickly damage a club’s league position. Therefore, the Canaries need to put a stop to it at the earliest possibly point.
Such an opportunity seems to exist against West Ham. This looks like another opportunity to grab a second away win in the campaign. But at the very least, it looks like an opportunity to grab a point and start another decent run of results.
The three losses having been a massive concern because they have come against quality opposition, but most fans will feel that West Ham are more beatable, so a defeat against them would be a considerable concern.