Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 2-1 home Championship defeat against Derby County
PUBLISHED: 23:52 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 29 October 2017
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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his verdict from Carrow Road
1. All good things come to an end - A week that started with another sweet derby trip over the border. Then moved on to a massive invasion of Arsenal and a spirited if painful League Cup exit. But all that effort and endeavour, all that extra-time and heartache, appeared to suck the life force from Daniel Farke’s troops against a well-rested and in-form Derby County.
Timm Klose responded once to cancel out David Nugent’s first half opener but that merely saw the Rams flood men forward in the aftermath. Angus Gunn denied Bradley Johnson but his parry squirmed towards Sam Winnall, who deflected it over the line six yards out.
End of the unbeaten league run. End of an unbeaten Carrow Road run. There were plenty of mitigating factors. The mark of this squad is how they respond. Starting with Wolves.
2. Oh no, Nelson - The sight of Cameron Jerome putting his arm around the despondent Oliveira barely 10 minutes after his second half entrance may carry longer term ramifications than the end of a unbeaten Championship surge. Oliveira’s early season progress has been checked by a body which appears susceptible to the rigours of the second tier.
Farke admitted after a 132-minute shift at Arsenal he practically had to shove Oliveira back into action to try and play through his mental torment.
City’s medical department will now be pivotal to the next stage of this story, but the manner of his forlorn exit did not look encouraging.
3. Wild man Wildschut - City’s laboured attacking urgings certainly picked up with the arrival of the Dutchman. That drive, pace and energy gave Derby something to think about when the patient lateral passing motions failed to open up pockets of space in front of Scott Carson.
You can debate whether Wildschut should have started this game or not but what is not up for debate is that a guy on the fringes for the first six months of his stop-start Norwich career has carved out a niche under Farke.
He may not be the most technically gifted midfielder on City’s books, but he is effective. That wild card element should not be under-estimated.
4. Time for big Grant? - Hanley hardly expected to swap one bench for another when he left Newcastle United in the final throes of the summer transfer window. That was a testament to fit-again Klose’s influence and the blossoming of Christoph Zimmermann alongside him.
But after the weary Klose was beaten aerially for Arsenal’s winner in midweek, it was Zimmermann’s slip that allowed Nugent to rifle Derby ahead. City also continue to offer up chances from corners when Johnson should have scored in front of the Barclay in the second period.
It would be no reflection on either if Hanley got a chance to show why Norwich were so keen to recruit him. City finished this game like a side who need an injection of fresh intent.
5. Carrow Road struggles - Norwich’s productivity on the road has been nothing short of perfect in recent weeks. But three goals in five home league games now illustrates a trend proving stubborn to address.
Teams will sit in and try to frustrate. Derby’s approach was no different to Hull. In truth, it is how City have managed to pick up so many wins in recent times. But finding a residually effective formula to counter-act it is proving difficult. Farke managed to right the ship defensively after those heavy losses at Aston Villa and Millwall. Now he must focus on the top end of the pitch.