Flashes of genius but Leitner is cruelly denied a goal during City’s impressive draw at Derby

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 11 February 2018

Moritz Leitner of Norwich thinks he's scored his first goal for the club but referee Jeremy Simpson awards a penalty for an earlier foul on Nelson Oliveira by Cameron Jerome of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match at Pride Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Moritz Leitner of Norwich thinks he's scored his first goal for the club but referee Jeremy Simpson awards a penalty for an earlier foul on Nelson Oliveira by Cameron Jerome of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match at Pride Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Our latest Norwich City player watch kept a close eye on Moritz Leitner as the midfielder made his full debut, playing an influential role in the Canaries’ impressive 1-1 draw at Derby County.

10 – Perfectly weighted ball through to Josh Murphy on the right with little space to play with but the winger’s cross is headed clear.

12 – Hooks clear under pressure from Ikechi Anya but Lewis loses possession on the left and Matej Vydra lashes the Rams in front.

16 – Oliveira chests down to the German in midfield and he gets a pass wrong, putting the ball straight out for a throw. Scratches his head in confusion.

17 – Just about holds off Huddlestone on the edge of the City box and hooks clear.

Moritz Leitner of Norwich thinks he's scored his first goal for the club but referee Jeremy Simpson awards a penalty for an earlier foul on Nelson Oliveira by Cameron Jerome of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match at Pride Park. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Moritz Leitner of Norwich thinks he's scored his first goal for the club but referee Jeremy Simpson awards a penalty for an earlier foul on Nelson Oliveira by Cameron Jerome of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match at Pride Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

23 – Controls Oliveira’s back-heel on the right and tries to scoop it back to him, with the striker winning a throw.

35 – Again receives the ball centrally and looks to play a through-ball but with no runners has to go backwards, puts his arms up asking why no-one is showing for the ball.

37 – Curls in a nice cross from the right but Richard Keogh heads clear uncontested on the edge of the six-yard box.

38 – Superb pass plays Maddison clean through, steps inside Scott Carson and penalty is given as he’s clipped but the keeper saves Nelson Oliveira’s effort.

43 – Another lovely ball into right channel, flicked up by Curtis Davies and Josh Murphy tumbles under Richard Keogh’s challenge but no penalty is given.

45+1 – Dips his head in and is knocked to the ground by Huddlestone, foul given in the centre circle.

49 – Falls awkwardly after an aerial challenge, gets treatment and is okay but not happy a foul wasn’t given.

54 – Links well with his defence to get out of trouble and set Maddison away but Murphy loses possession.

55 – Important block to stop George Thorne playing Anya in behind Lewis.

56 – Slides in to halt a charging Olsson on the edge of City’s box but long pass doesn’t reach Murphy.

68 – Over-hits a through-ball to Reed straight out of play, to the delight of the home crowd.

71 – Links with James Maddison and plays a wonderful back-heel to Oliveira, who is clattered, but the midfielder lashes past Carson – only to be dismayed to see a penalty given. Thankfully, Maddison made no mistake from the spot.

77 – Beats Palmer to the ball to keep a City attack alive.

88 – Caught in possession by Palmer but being fouled and eventually goes down.

Verdict: Plenty to be impressed by in the former Germany U21 international’s full debut, with a few rusty moments in the mix as well, but a key role in winning both penalties. Huge potential.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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