The predictability of starting well, getting ahead of the game and then running out of steam and/or mentally expecting a rally from the opposition appears to become embedded into the mindset of the players and fans. Unlike Sheffield United when the game and Carrow Road went completely flat, the players didn’t give up and had chances to at the very least draw the game.
The first half demonstrated the Canaries ability to stretch and pull the opposition apart. Tettey hitting the post, McLean's effort and Pukki’s chances well demonstrate the point.
Watford’s unexpected victory against ManUre does not worry me. Firstly it strengthens the case that City are also capable to turning performances into points whilst enforcing the remit that if City can start to accumulate points at a faster rate, the league will take care of itself.
Once you start to rely on other games, the battle is usually lost.
Looking back to the 5-1 mauling at Carrow Road in October it’s worth recalling the lack of available players through injury was arguably at its height.
The defensive midfielders that day were Kenny McLean and lost soul, Moritz Leitner. The later has made no impact at all this season when many thought his class would shine through in the Premier League, in reality, he has looked like a boy amongst men. In front of them was fellow midfielder Ibrahim Amadou as centre back. City now have Tryball and Tettey, both put in excellent shifts against Wolves. I expect the backline to be tighter this time around.
Drmic produced his first league goal for the club although he won’t be available. VAR came into play with Tyrone Mings handling twice in a goalmouth scramble when only 1-0 down by not awarding a penalty. Up the other end and without the need for VAR, Michael McGovern was saving a penalty to deny a Wesley hat-trick.
Farke made no changes until the 76th minute with the score at 4-0, enough said already on that one. Drmic, Srbeny and Roberts were the changes, you have to question what has been the point of taking on Patrick Roberts?
It feels like the last eight games going back to Brighton away in November have been ‘must-win’ contests, Boxing Day will be no exception. Villa with four defeats on the trot is the perfect time to play them in a ‘six-pointer’ Having said that, many will remember the last Premier League encounter at Villa Park when City obliged in ending a horrendous bad Villa run when both sides surrendered occupancy in the top flight.
It’s time to put things right, City will win by a two-goal margin... Come on you Yellows!