Derby County came to Carrow Road with a record of nul points, 1 goal for and 8 goals against from three games. I think we all knew what was going to happen... Here's Nick Hayhoe with the breakdown.
The defensive performance was the best we’ve seen in a long time. While there were still moments we completely opened up when Derby were on the counter, there was only one or two real moments of panic at the back. The goal was a result of an act of seppuku that we seem to be making all too often these days. Instinctive from Rupp it may have been, it still cost us any points.
The first 15 minutes of the game saw the best football we have played in a long, long time. And being Norwich fans, we all know how dangerous this false hope can be. Once the next 15 minutes passed with no goal, then the ol’ Along Come Norwich nerves started kicking in and Derby got back into the game. We really should have put our foot on the throat during that opening 15 and didn’t capitalise on Derby looking like a shambles from the start. City need to start punishing teams during periods where they play badly in this league, otherwise teams will put the wall up and we struggle to break them down – like we did for the majority of the rest of the match before the seemingly inevitable happened..
Moment of the Match
Some exquisite play outside of the box early in the second half led to a clear penalty to City. Unfortunately, in the most Norwich way possible, Teemu slipped on the greasy turf sending the ball looping onto the bar. I think we all knew what would happen next. This site isn’t called Along Come Norwich for nothing.
Random Star Performer
Skippy. Who is the sort of player who must always be referred to by his nickname. Took pressure from the back four, which is something we’ve needed for a long time – especially with the full backs leaving things open was they do.
Team news has suddenly become a live streamable event, and there was no doubt a sigh of relief from the news of Emi being back in the side. Judging from the opening quarter of the match, this then initially looked like it could be our best side, and we were certainly stronger at the back. A lack of final ball, however, is still a worry, and this causes the opposition to grow into the game. Our goals still look hard to score, while the opposition look like they could score with any counter attack. No need smash the panic button just yet, but no three points against Rotherham, combined with a stroppy Emi and an MIA Cantwell and things will go south very quickly.
Behind closed doors football is getting very grim. With it unlikely that we will be returning to stadiums this year, I am not sure how much I can take not being able to go to my weekend oasis away from the pressure and chaos of the real world. I went to see my local non-league side at home last weekend – a frenetic 2-2 draw with a last minute equaliser – my first live football since the Leicester game, and it was like the dealer had given me a free taster of the crack cocaine. Randomly I find myself watching reruns of games and getting chocked at seeing the mass going crazy from seeing a winner, and the memories of our own moments of insane limbs.
As for the actual match, this was a pretty meh affair in the first half that became frustrating in the second. This was a poor attacking (decent defensive) performance against a bad Derby team, who will probably fire their manager around Christmas and finish just above the relegation zone. Another game with a lack of bite from the final ball, and we went and fucking lost. A massive opportunity wasted. Sigh.
Tom and Jon are joined by national journalists and Nodge fans, Hannah Shaddock (The Times/Sunday Times) and Paul Macinnes (The Guardian). They chat about potential Todd/Emi tantrums, a stilted display at Bournemouth and what lies ahead at Carrow Road on Saturday.