It was a dismal afternoon in Norfolk for Birmingham City, with Gianfranco Zola still looking for his first win as manager, but their were somewhat positives for him to take from today’s game.
Norwich 2-0 Birmingham City, but Blues did start the game very brightly. Che Adams looked the most promising player for Blues and he had a hand in most of the chances in the first half, Zola’s men probed and there was a sense early on that maybe Blues could get something from Norwich at Carrow road, or even win the game!
Blues were holding Norwich down, but it at times in the game and especially in the fifteenth minute, when former striker Cameron Jerome lashed in from close range to give the home side the lead that you can’t hold a good team down for long, just as Blues found out in Zola’s first game against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Birmingham’s number 14 was again the brightest, most promising looking player since Norwich took the lead with chances here an there and Craig Gardner looked promising also, but there was still that lack in quality to see an equaliser go in for Blues. From an energy point of view, the canaries were definitely the better side, exploiting Blues with their pace, their quality and the chances they had and although the boys in royal blue had a fair few chances, they were getting outplayed and Norwich knew this; but it was becoming a scrappy game and there was no hint of a goal from Blues what so ever!
43rd minute came and a cloud came down on Zola once and for all, Norwich defender Timm Klose rose to put the home team 2 to the good…
Half time came and there was a definite need for the main man to change something. Blues came back out and new signing Kerim Frei looked like he could be the game changer, a bit of flair was maybe just what the fans have been crying out for and he did come close, but not close enough for Birmingham City’s liking. Robert Tesche was not having the best of games, but as fellow Midfielder David Davis was, a period in the second half arose where Blues controlled the game, with certainly more of the ball; but Norwich fought back hard to win the ball back and were in-fact on top of their game when it came down to using the park the bus tactic and Alex Neil and his side knew they were using this well. Even the substitutions Zola made couldn’t give Blues the fire in their bellies to crawl back and possibly knick something, but Zola needs to now take what positives he can from today’s game and look forward to Tuesday nights home meeting with Reading and motivate his side to hopefully find that much sought after win.
Norwich City – GK; Ruddy , RB; Martin , CB; Pinto , CB; Klose , LB; Brady
RDM; Tettey , LDM , Howson , RM; Naismith , LM; Murphy , ST; Jerome
Birmingham City – GK; Kuszczak , RB; Nsue , CB; Morrison , CB; Shotton , LB; Grounds
RCM; Tesche , CM; Davis , LCM; Gardner
RW; Frei , ST; Jutkiewitz , LW; Adams
Possession – Norwich City; 42.3% , Birmingham City; 57.7%
Shots – Norwich City; 16 , Birmingham City; 13
Shots on target – Norwich City; 8 , Birmingham City; 3
Corners – Norwich City; 4 , Birmingham City; 5
Fouls – Norwich City; 15 , Birmingham City; 15
Words by Callum Insull