A tale of two halves

There were smiles at halftime at Carrow Road on Sunday and positivity from all I spoke to. Norwich City had controlled the first 47 minutes, played on the front foot, created chances, produced a superb strike from Alex Tettey and avoided defensive set-pieces whilst safely protecting Krul in goal.

I did note the return of the teams after half time. The Blades were out earlier and went into a warm-up routine with cones whilst a few City players jogged out and a few strolled out deep in conversation with their colleagues.

In no time at all the Canaries were two down, their heads had dropped and they were failing to dominate the game any further.

I’m guessing Wilder revved up his players slightly more than the City support team did? Once ahead United were able to inflict their style on the game and frustrate the Canaries into moving the ball at a slower rate no longer becoming a real threat.

Their goalkeeper, Henderson, did pull off a couple of great saves to be fair, the key one from Todd Cantwell created by a well-worked build-up.

Looking ahead to this Saturday, I was sceptical about the signing of manager Brendon Rodgers and the manner of his departure from the easy ride of Celtic head to the troubled and competitive waters of the Premier League.

The Foxes have moved up a gear since his arrival and are now the only serious contenders for the title alongside Liverpool although I can’t see the Reds choking this time round.

Placing the obvious thought to one side in James Maddison, there are plenty of other players and managers with connections to both clubs.

A less obvious once is Harry Kane who went on loan to Leicester after City, the difference is he managed to score a couple of goals for the Foxes.

Past City ‘legends’ include Dion Dublin, Iwan Roberts, Darren Eddie, Nigel Worthington and Martin O’Neil. I still wonder how much success the Canaries would have enjoyed had Robert Chase met O’Neil's demands... plenty is my view as he went on to loads of success in the East Midlands.

Others include Mark Robins, Richie De Laet, Spencer Prior, Zak Whitbread and Gary Megson.

Norwich have lost the last three encounters by the single goal, twice in the Prem and once in the FA Cup.

Previous to that, the Championship season of 2010/11 brought success home and away. City won 4-3 In September at the Carra with goals from Andrew Crofts, Adam Drury and two from Wes Hoolahan. City were 3rd and Leicester bottom at that point. Away in March, City pulled off a 3-2 victory this time at the then-named Walker’s Stadium. Goals from Wes, Grant Holt and Aaron Wilbraham doing the job. By this point in the season, City were still 3rd whilst the Foxes had climbed to 10th.

I am not sure what Daniel Farke can do with his squad now that every key player is back with the exception of Klose and Handley and to a lesser extent Drmic and Thompson.

The club expected to win on Sunday. Three defeats to clubs around us, Watford, Southampton and Sheffield United does not feel good. Other than moving personal around, he is resorted only tactical and formation fiddling.

I cannot see any points returning to Norfolk this weekend. Time to be proved wrong!

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