That defeat against Spurs hit me hard.
I don’t care what anyone says; when you play well and lose it feels so much worse.
And Wolves were brilliant. It was probably the most cohesive team performance of the season.
The manner in which the lads threw it away right at the death was gut-wrenching, with such basic errors cancelling out long periods of dominance.
Still, if they can hit the heights they did last Sunday we’ll continue to win more than we lose.
And we definitely don’t want to lose tomorrow given the considerable challenges we face in the next two.
It’s not looking great for Norwich. 12 points on the board as we approach the halfway point leaves them with a lot of work to do.
They’ll be looking at this game and their Boxing Day showdown at Villa Park as a good opportunity to add to their tally and maybe even reach game 19 outside of the relegation places.
I’ve always thought of Carrow Road as a tough ground to go to, but their home form hasn’t been up to much so far.
After a blistering start that saw them spank Newcastle and turn Man City over, they haven’t won on their own patch since, with 1 draw and 5 defeats sinking them into the bottom three.
A solid display at Leicester last week earned them a morale-boosting point and it could have been even better had they taken some of their chances on the break.
I like Daniel Farke but with his squad always beset with injuries, it makes it tough to get results in the Premier League, particularly as a newly promoted side.
Teemu Pukki could sit this one out after picking up a toe injury. He’s scored half their goals this season and would be a big miss if he doesn’t make it.
The home end
Thanks to Richard from City of Yellows, for supplying some thoughts from a Norwich perspective.
I am really impressed with Wolves, their manager Nino Santo and their stylish players continue to perform well and produce excellent results. They have managed to cope well in both the league and Europa League commitments, no mean feat for any non top six side.
Once again, Norwich City were undone by a set-piece against Leicester City. The soft Norwich City underbelly continues to setback results, in what was a well-drilled performance against the Foxes. Not only was the attacking threat of Leicester reduced to a status of ‘controlled’ the Canaries were able to apply pressure themselves and create plenty of opportunities.
A worrying injury rumour is that Ben Godfrey may miss the game on Saturday. If so, City are in big trouble. With Teemu Pukki’s toe injury appearing not to be a fracture, soreness and bruising may still keep him off the pitch.
I’m remaining positive and predict at least a draw for Norwich City this weekend.
Although much has rightly been made about how close together the City and Liverpool games are over Christmas, the team has had a week off after Spurs and will have a good recovery period after this one in the lead up to City, so hopefully, everyone remains fresh.
Unless someone’s head rolls for that lapse in concentration against Spurs, it should be the same XI again.
Ruben Neves continues to walk the tightrope of suspension and needs to make it through the next 3 games without a booking to avoid missing a match.
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