There is a very different atmosphere in and around Norwich City at present. There is a real sense of belonging and working as a team both on the field and in the stands.
When Villa scored the opener, the Barclay immediately set off a resounding chorus of 'One the ball City' whilst all home fans clapped to get behind the team.
Two victories against good sides and both coming from behind have developed belief amongst the fans that something good is happening. The victory was even better following the enforced changes of losing Hernandez, not being fully fit and Tettey through child birth. There was real excitement and delight at the end of the game as City fans headed home.
The defence are looking pretty solid at present and had to withstand plenty of pressure from an extremely experienced team in Aston Villa. Quite remarkable when you consider the long term lose of captain Grant Handley through injury and both full backs being young Acadamy products of Jamal Lewis and 18 year old Max Aarons. Max looks so assured in the first time and keeps finding himself way up the pitch taking on the opposing full back. I hope he starts to achieve some assist stats from his attacking play.
Tim Klose was rumoured to head back to Germany at the start of the season and thankfully he is enjoying life in Norfolk. Playing alongside him has been the man mountain Christoph Zimmerman, a massive team player and whilst last season he was prone to the occasional mistake he now looks so comfortable on the ball and has a superb pass completion rate.
As City play the ball from the back, the midfield and attack are benefitting from the solid defence which starts with keeper Tim Krul, the number one is now demonstrating his international class.
Up front, Jordan Rhodes displaying his attributes is a proper centre forward, a natural finisher and a poacher and a player who reminds me of the 1970's hero, Ted McDougall. Both players are skilled at making the move at the right time and beating his defender or keeper. The movement for his brace was pure class. A true professional who has supported the team by saying the right things and bidding his time with bit parts when coming on to replace Teemu Pukki late on in games and now leading the line from the start. A proven finisher and a lad I have total confidence with.
The squad has depth, they all know their roles and slot in as appropriate. I believe that Daniel can now pick a fit XI starters and slot replacements in without upsetting the balance of the team. I wouldn't be surprised if Alex Tettey returns to start the game. Tom Trybull did and excellent job although he is more of a footballer and technical midfielder than the robust, spoiler style of Alex.
It's great to say that City head the form chart with a run that thankfully is still running in October as it did in September. It's interesting that ex Brentford Manager, Dean Smith experienced his first defeat as Villa Manager and Dean's old club are turning up for our next game. There must have been turmoil for the Bees as they haven't won for eight games, the last victory being Wigan on the 15th September. I predict a 2-0 home win on Saturday.