It's a fantastic time to be a Norwich City fan at present with the "one family" feeling spreading amongst the team and in the stands. City are no longer the team that assists the opposition by helping them end poor runs!
Eighteen years of hurt were dismissed on Saturday with the second half demolition of the Owls last Saturday.
We are also in the lovely position of having the both of our main strikers available again. My guess is that Teemu will keep his place, he is yet to have a bad game. Always running into spaces and chasing down defenders and a danger in or around the eighteen yard box, a style that Canary fans really appreciate. Pukki has played the lead role this season although City fans will be confident of the attacking threat regardless of who gets the starting shirt. Jordan has a different style and is predominantly a fox in the box although another unselfish team player. We are blessed to have both players at the club at present.
Millwall also produce a hard working, hungry team under the leadership of Neil Harris, trying to avoid over confidence, I believe the quality in the current City squad will be too much for them. Norwich have really got their passing game going in recent weeks and can wear teams down in the first half which in turn produces goals late in the game with the Canaries then forcing the game through quick fire attacks. The defence are working really hard to protect Tim Krul in goal with full blooded blocking and covering and with capability to join the attack with quick interplay down the flanks. Millwall will need to get into the City player's faces from the off and score a couple of goals early on. Statistics indicate that City would be fifth from bottom if the results stood at the half time.
With injuries taking a hold now within the squad and especially as seven of the current players out are classified as home grown footballers, Daniel Farke was forced to name two more fledging Acadamy players on the bench at Sheffield Wednesday to meet the match day selection criteria, therefore the strongest possible bench can not always be selected. Amongst the first eleven, we could see Marco Stiepermann return for Mario Vrancic. Marco is probably the most improved player this season, having said that Mario with the exception of his awful penalty had a great game in the number 10 slot.
Norwich's success this season has been heavily based on on the ability to replace players on the field without upsetting the balance of the team. New lads coming in could be based on those who are more likely to be leaving. Potential departures could be out of favour striker Nelson Oliveria and ex captain and fullback Ivo Pinto who has hardly played this season. If any Premier League players are sniffing around, my feeling is that Jamal Lewis could be the next big money departure. It's well known that City must sell to keep the books in order. Success brings these issues, it's something we have to accept in modern footy.
I'm heading for a 2-0 victory at the Carra... lets hope we get another penalty!