Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 2-1 Championship comeback win against Millwall
PUBLISHED: 23:28 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:06 02 January 2018
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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his verdict from Carrow Road
1. Quality counts - This was big on many levels.
Trailing at the break, Daniel Farke’s decision to rotate his troops at Burton was looking decidedly dodgy. But it was Alex Pritchard and James Maddison who sealed this win. Maddison picked out Tom Trybull to level matters.
Pritchard’s instinctive turn and pass was then guided home by Maddison just inside the Millwall penalty area.
The explosion of relief around Carrow Road after another tetchy first half was palpable.
2. Festive number crunching - Seven points from the last nine. Two wins from the last three at home.
The headline figures look far healthier, after Brentford pocketed all three points at the start of what always felt a pivotal festive spell against sides in and around Norwich in the lower reaches of the Championship.
Farke spoke a lot in recent days about keeping the gap to those below. City have done more than that.
They can now look upwards in the quest for forward propulsion.
3. Josh Murphy - The standing ovation late in the second half was fully deserved.
Murphy has had a difficult relationship this season with the home fans.
There was the cupped ear celebration after his goal against Barnsley that provoked social media angst in certain quarters.
Murphy, by his own admission, has failed to achieve that level of consistency to extract the maximum from his undoubted talent.
But here again, following on from a goalscoring role at Birmingham City on Boxing Day, Murphy was a constant threat.
The confidence appears to have surged back and that is good news for all concerned.
4. Rotation, rotation, rotation - Farke admitted his six changes for Burton was a ‘bit of gamble, a bit of a risk.’
You can debate the merits of dropping two eminently available points at the Brewers, but given Burton hammered Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day, and City showed plenty of character to respond against the Lions, Farke deserves credit for his bravery.
The logic regarding the workload was sound. But it took plenty of guts after one win in 11 prior to the festive spell.
5. Transfer tales - Fresh speculation around the futures of Nelson Oliviera and Cameron Jerome prior to kick off underlined oncce again we are in the parallel universe of what happens on the pitch and off it over the next month appear intertwined.
City supporters will be more concerned about freshening up a squad that could do with an injection in certain areas.
Players may leave Carrow Road in this transfer window but quite apart from the financial imperative, the over-riding factor should be equipping Farke with the resources to build on some encouraging signs.
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