International break has put Norwich City in the driving seat

Graham Dorrans celebrates his winner for Norwich City at Nottingham Forest with Cameron Jerome and M

Graham Dorrans celebrates his winner for Norwich City at Nottingham Forest with Cameron Jerome and Martin Olsson. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

I have never been a fan of international breaks. They often come when a team has just picked up some momentum, or players get injured whilst away playing for their country.

This time, however, it seems that the one we had at the beginning of September has very much worked in our favour. The break enabled some of our injured players to have that little bit longer to get fully fit and it has rejuvenated the rest.

With 12 points from four games, we are now in the driving seat and top of the Championship.

Watching the Nottingham Forest game and seeing the photographs that followed, it is great to see that the passion has well and truly returned to the team.

Seeing how much Dorrans’ winner meant to the players both on and off the pitch – especially Olsson – shows the commitment of the players which many, including myself, have thought lacking from some of the team right from the beginning of the season. It’s what we have all been waiting to see and probably why the atmosphere has been a little flat at Carrow Road of late.

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Looking the best team throughout a great deal of the match, it was such a disappointment that we went in at half-time 1-0 down and having missed a penalty. Credit to Alex Neil at half time to rally the players so that they came out fighting, determined to bring three points back to Norfolk.

Without Tettey, the midfield looked to have more space, Howson was able to play in the role where he is suited best, and Dorrans had one of his best games in a Norwich shirt. In fact, each player was able to play in the position which they are best suited with no square pegs trying to fit in round holes.

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Over the last few games, Jacob Murphy is starting to show us why Alex Neil has such faith in him. He is improving game by game, increasing his positional awareness. He still has a lot to learn but the Championship is where he is able to make mistakes and learn from them without them being punished as much as they would in the Premier League. What a future Norwich City has with the wealth of talent we have coming through the ranks.

I can’t wait for our campaign to really start gathering pace and Wednesday’s game can’t come too soon.

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