Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray has praised the quality of Norwich City's players, but questioned the effectiveness of their tactical setup.

Mowbray's Black Cats defeated the Canaries 1-0 in a tight Championship affair, leaving Carrow Road with three points and inflicting a frustrating defeat on David Wagner's side.

The 59-year-old outlined how they did that post-match, highlighting the weakness the north-east side targeted. "Norwich are a really good team," he said, "and yet they do build from the back and give every team a chance to try and nick it off them as they're building.

"The challenge for all teams like Norwich in my mind is: do you keep doubling down and try to get better at building and keep doing it?

"There's no one way to play football, and yet Norwich give you a chance to press them, and if you nick it off them 30 yards from goal, you're generally one pass away from banging it in their net.

"If you look at the data of Norwich this season, I think they've lost the most goals from mistakes from their defenders. So our plan was to play high press, let's see if they make a mistake today, and we can capitalise on it.

"When we do, we can be solid and make it really hard for them and set if they can get through us, but we can break away and score again."

Mowbray did highlight the strength of the City squad, however, even if his ties elsewhere meant he couldn't wish them well.

He continued: "Total respect for Norwich, what a good football team. They deserve to be there in the top six, and I think they will finish up there because they've got such good players.

"Having been at Ipswich for nine years, I don't want to say 'I hope they do'! I just think they've got a really good team. Norwich, being a team who came down from the Premier League, will hope and expect to try and bounce back at the first attempt."