With the haunting fact that before Saturday, Norwich City had only completed one victory in the last 15 attempts for the opening fixture, the omens did not look good, especially when the boys went 1-0 and then 2-1 down. Justice was achieved with the final equaliser.
The dreadful but expected snails pace of Birmingham substitutions were thankfully repaid, the lads who came attempted to shake everybody's hand as they tacked their way across the field more akin to being at the helm of a yacht making its journey across Wroxham Broad.
Most Canary fans like myself seemed relieved to escape yet another opening day defeat.
The key points I take from the contest are 71% possession which produced a shared number of shots both on or off target for both teams. Two frontmen stating the game, Pukki appears to demonstrate intelligence on the pitch with his calculated movement and distribution while Rhodes got into two perfect and typical goalscoring situations with saved headers. I am convinced these attempts will turn into goals for him.
Also on the City of Yellows Blog:
- Birmingham City v Norwich City - Here We Go Again
Following the relative excitement of the World Cup over the summer, did anyone notice England play with virtually the identical set up and tactics as Daniel Farke, and a quiet one with no City players taking part.
- Five of the best?
Here’s a introduction to each of the new Canaries, with an assessment of their credentials.
- What might have been
I have written before about the highs and lows of being a Norwich City fan, but there was a season just before the Premier League which for me highlights the joy and the pain of following the boys in yellow and green.
Hernandez could have scored three! Unlike Murphy, he is powerful and hardworking, fingers crossed the goals will be a regular feature.
The tactical changes from Daniel Farke created more purpose and drive from the team and it was great to see Dennis Srbeny driving forward, riding a tackle at pace and laying on the second.
Marshall playing in Onel for the first looked good also. Less said about the two conceded goals.
Husband, who was replaced appears to receive continued stick, hope is that Jamal Lewis will be back soon.