Thankfully not too many City fans were massively frustrated about Tuesday's result, of course there is growing expectation but also a sense of realism and appreciation of the run Norwich have been on. Let's not forget, Hull are fighting for survival and on paper had many talented and experienced players on show.
There appears to be a combination of events which provided excuses for Tuesdays nil nil stalemate. A key influence appeared to be the loss of Moritz Leitner, he has been a pivotal factor in bringing City success and six wins in the trot. He leads the Championship stats for yards covered on the pitch, his vision is superb and he moves the ball so quickly. We looked a little more like the early season form on Humberside with a much slower build up and more missed passes than usual, many unforced.
We have also got to consider the conditions, a wet, cold, windy evening played on a Rugby League pitch which needed a pre-match cut. The pitch and opposition played its part in nullifying the Canaries passing on the deck. Leitner's replacement, Tom Tryball had the two best chances on the evening and should have scored with a header towards the end of the game.
Another battling outfit will be on show Saturday when Paul Warne's Rotherham United turn up for a game. The Norwich lad is showing plenty of steel in getting United promoted and settling in back in the Championship. He has plenty of experince with 477 games producing 64 goals from his seven professional clubs and all from having started at Wroxham back in 1996.
We obviously know that their are no easy games in the Championship and however much talent there is on the pitch, if you don't turn up you get punished. The Millers are looking good at present, are fighting for every ball and keep coming back in games when the chips are down. Hopefully the return to the billiard table surface of Carrow Road will benefit the boys in yellow and green and subsequently play through the opposition wheat her it be middle of the park of pushing the wing backs down the line. Teemu Pukki is due a goal as he hasn't scored for a whole game now!
If Leitner is still not fit, I would be happy to see Mario Vrancic get a start, he offers plenty of creativity and vision between midfield and attack. Daniel may stick with Tryball as a defensive midfield pair with Alex Tettey. There is plenty of midfield choice as local lad, Todd Cantwell is back and enjoyed a cameo appearance towards the end of the Hull game. Either way, we have been settled for weeks so I don't expect any surprises or tinkering.
I thought it would be good to praise the efforts of our Emi Buendia. Emiliano, the 21 year old Argentinian looks so good for City and has fitted in perfectly this season. At 5ft 7in he makes tackles, is not brushed of the ball and has produced more assist and goals per game that the great City legend, Wes Hoolahan. He already has plenty of experience having represented Spain and Argentina at U19 and U20 levels and has 75 appearances in the top two Spanish Leagues with Getafe and Cultural Leonesa. Norwich is an excellent platform to showcase his undoubted skills and further develop his career. The Canary fans are certainly appreciative to see hom perform for the club. There were concerns at the start that if he played it would be at the detriment of defensive cover, this has thankfully not been the case.
My prediction for Saturday is 2-0 with Pukki and Trybull to score.