A trip to Carrow road faced the Blue boys after the international break and a few new faces entered the starting lineup. Three former Brentford players were named; Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean and Jota. Jota, the clubs new record signing started and he was the man the traveling fans were looking out for. Blues began the game as they normally would, build pressure early to attempt to suffocate the opposing side but the canaries were having none of it with an early flourish where striker Nelson Olivera struck home to put Daniel Farke’s team in front.
A right footed shot from very close range beat Stockdale. It was a fair game, in the balance but Blues were pretty standard in terms of how their start of games was poor. James Maddison was becoming a terror for the blues defence winning free kicks and crossing balls in from any range or angle. One of Blues’ new loanees, Jerimane Boga impressed early on with a chance or two and also won blues a promising free kick deep in the oppositions half.
End to end stuff, but the home team stood firm to stay in the lead and that was the story for the entire game, Blues pushing and pushing but nothing happened.
Players from both teams were getting bookings and free kicks seemed to be the trend in this match, and young Everton midfielder, Liam Walsh signed late on deadline day for the Blues and began the game well but gradually shown his immaturity by getting shown a yellow card and was giving Norwich space on the pitch.
Redknapp must have realised that it was time for a change as early in the second half, Walsh was replaced for Che Adams who has recently signed a new five year deal to the fans’ delight. Still, the second 45 started just how the first ended. End to end play, Norwich hadn’t started the season well and that showed because they were not exactly playing fantastic but neither were Blues so since the opening goal which was scored by the home team, nothing else happened so the three points were sealed. A key man Blues are missing is Issac Vassell, he’s been out through injury but he is a player who can change a game, and that’s what Blues have been missing of late.
The game was flat, from the beginning to the end and the Blues had no players to change the game or inject anything into it. It proved to me that the new signings haven’t gelled yet because Jota, who is an outstanding player, did not have any major telling on the game, nor did Boga or even the players that were already in the team. Next game won’t be pretty, not one game is in the championship but hopefully Harry’s team has been put into place now and will show in the next weeks to come.
RB Ivan Pinto , CB Zimmerman , CB Klose , LB Stiepermann
CDM Trybull , CDM Tettey
RM Vranic , CAM Maddison , LM Josh Murphy
RB Colin , CB Morrison , CB Dean , LB Grounds
CM Walsh , CM Lowe , CM Davis
RW Jota , CF Gallagher , LW Boga
Possession – Norwich: 42% , Blues: 58%
Shots – Norwich: 14 , Blues: 9
Shots on target – Norwich: 4 , Blues: 1
Corners – Norwich: 5 , Blues: 6
Fouls – Norwich: 15 , Blues: 18