David Freezer: Six things you might have missed from Norwich City’s frustrating loss at Burnley
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After a difficult day in Burnley, David Freezer assesses Norwich City’s Premier League progress with six games of the season completed.
1 - Emi's fury summed up display
You got the feeling it wasn't going to be Norwich City's day at Turf Moor in the 65th minute, when the ever passionate Emi Buendia punched the pitch in anger.
Once Burnley had claimed firm control of the game with two goals in just four minutes and Alex Tettey had become the latest City player to limp off injured, all before the opening quarter of an hour had concluded, it was difficult to avoid that sinking feeling in Lancashire.
Had Nick Pope not denied Teemu Pukki when the score was 0-0, things might have been different, but defensive mistakes gave the spirited hosts the lead they needed.
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Moritz Leitner went so close to making a game of it with a fine long-range shot in the 22nd minute but in truth, it felt like the Clarets kept the Canaries at arm's reach.
Sean Dyche's well drilled side let their visitors have 59 percent of possession but stepped in quickly once the ball came near their box, as Buendia found to his huge frustration all too often.
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2 - City still on course to survive
Let's park the performance at Turf Moor just for a short while though and look at whether City are on track for survival in the top flight.
If Daniel Farke's squad can continue at their current rate of one point per game - having taken six from their opening six games - then they would be in with a good shot of avoiding the drop.
The average required to finish 17th in the past 10 seasons has been 38 but 36 would have been enough to survive in five of the past six Premier League campaigns.
So while it felt particularly galling to lurch from an epic win over the champions, to a humbling loss at Burnley, the Canaries have at least shown they are capable of being competitive at this level.
Emphasising that it is still very early in the season, City actually have a point more than they did after six games in the Championship last year - and Alex Neil's team of 2015-16 took eight from their opening six games in the top flight and still went down. There's no need to panic.
3 - Testing times for away fans
Following your team away from home regularly can be a real test of patience for supporters at times.
So often it can mean a good day out is interrupted by 90 minutes of football, which in turn makes victories on the road that little bit sweeter.
It's been a chastening return to top-flight life for City's travelling support so far though, losing three away games on the spin for only the second time in the Daniel Farke era, seeing eight goals conceded and having just that classy Pukki strike at Liverpool to celebrate.
City and Aston Villa are the only teams yet to pick up an away point in the Premier League so far this season, which has been difficult to swallow on the back of a superb season of 12 wins and nine draws from 23 outside of Norfolk last season.
City will need to rekindle that spirit if they are to kick-start their away form at Crystal Palace on Saturday as well, who have won three and drawn three of their last seven at Selhurst Park.
4 - Lessons for young prospects
This defeat also provided a reminder of the youngsters still learning their trade in this Canaries team.
Jamal Lewis came in for some particularly harsh treatment from the Burnley faithful, who delighted in his air-kick in the 29th minute, inadvertently putting the ball out for a throw-in.
From there it was typical of a home crowd loving the work of their team, already 2-0 up and jeering Lewis at every opportunity, even cheering as he completed a routine pass forward.
Lewis, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell have been in the ascendancy for much of their fledgling careers so far but now their composure is under the microscope as they mix it at the top level.
Lewis actually responded well, having already made a crucial intervention to prevent Jeff Hendrick making it 3-0. He won the ball back from Hendrick with a good tackle ahead of Leitner hitting the post and also saw a cross nodded wide by Pukki before the break.
5 - Mo tried to spark the fightback
One of the brighter displays in a yellow shirt came from Moritz Leitner, who came on for Tettey in just the 13th minute and could not take any of the blame for the score-line very quickly changing to 2-0.
It was little surprise that the German went on to make more passes than anyone else on the pitch, despite not starting, with 90pc of his 61 passes finding a team-mate.
He was so unfortunate not to have sparked a fightback when he rifled a 25-yarder past Nick Pope less than 10 minutes after coming on, only to be denied by the post.
There were also two close calls in the second half, firing just wide from the left of the box after good attacking play from Lewis in the 75th minute, and curling an effort beyond the far post which many in the away end thought was going in with six minutes remaining.
Leitner was the midfield focal point and although he missed the triumph over Manchester City, he still has a major role to play for City.
6 - Shake off defeat and start again
I was going to finish with a look at Godfrey failing to track Chris Wood's run for the second goal and a bit of a weakness emerging for the youngster - but I've had enough of this weekend's doom and gloom.
Instead, go back and watch the highlights of that epic win over the champions again, remind yourself of the high point that City must draw from throughout this season, the bookmark from which Farke's players can all take regular inspiration.
Reflect on how far this squad has come in a short space of time, Championship trophy and all the rest, and the frustration of a 2-0 loss at Burnley soon ebbs away.
We all knew this season was going to be difficult, that there would be low points, but hoped that there would be enough highs to make for a successful season.
Every team expects a tough match against Burnley and Dyche deserves praise for the job he has done there. But an early 2-0 away loss will not define this season for City.