My preview for the Liverpool match predicted a 4-0 defeat whilst my heart hoped for a 2-2 draw. How long would Norwich City have held out had Grant Hanley not sliced the ball into the net? Had Marco Stiepermann taken either of his early chances or Teemu Pukki pulled the trigger a little earlier, how would it have affected the outcome?
The Canaries played a team packed with internationals, Virgil van Dijk cost more than the entire City squad, they had gone 42 games unbeaten yet Norwich still produced the impressive stat of creating 12 shots on target, more than any team over the previous campaign in all competitions.
I was pleased that Daniel Farke set his team out in the style that brought glory and the Championship title last season. The lads never dropped their heads and pushed to the end. I was so pleased to see Teemu score a textbook goal beautifully set up by Emi Buendia. Let's not forget that Mo Leitner also broke through the Reds defence to smack the bar. The true test of capabilities for Norwich to collect points must be over sides like Newcastle United.
The history stats show 16 wins, 16 draws and 24 defeats against our North Eastern opponents. Our last victory over the Magpies was in April 2016 at Carrow Road when United came back twice to level following finishes from Timm Klose and Dieumerci Mbokani and following the second equaliser in the 86th minute with Aleksander Mitrovic. Martin Olssson popped up in the box to score a rare goal in the 90th minute to win the game in front of 27,137 punters.
Back in 2011, another United player, Demba Ba was able to produce a brace of goals, only for City to reply with four, part-time Coach, Pundit and Wrestler Grant Holt also scoring twice alongside City legend Wes Hoolahan and Steve Morison, who by the way has now moved on from Millwall and can be seen appearing for Shrewsbury.
Back in 2005 when City were 20th and fighting for their lives in the Premier League, one of the greatest goals was scored in front of the 'River End' a 30-yard thunderbolt was produced by Moroccan midfielder Youssef Safri and another from Dean Ashton achieving a massive victory under the Carrow Road floodlights. It was vital that Norwich scored a goal in the opening fixture to get that monkey off their back, the next challenge will be gaining their first point. Pukki did look edgy at the start of the Liverpool game but looked just like his old self once his strike had hit the 'onion bag'. He is likely to be the key goal scorer this season, however, he is backed up by new boy Swiss International Josip Drmic. One of five new players costing the total princely sum of £1.1m.
Stiepermann can score from anywhere around the box, Buendia is a gifted midfielder who can score and assist whilst youngsters Cantwell, Aarons, Lewis and Godfrey bring loads of energy to the game.
The free-flowing style of Norwich City will be too much for Newcastle United, Norwich may concede goals however I predict the Canaries will outscore the Magpies by one goal. I'm predicting a 2-1 or 3-2.