Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 0-0 Championship draw against Sheffield Wednesday

Ryan Bennett tussles with Sheffield Wednesday forward Lucas Joao at Carrow Road. Picture by Sean Dem

Ryan Bennett tussles with Sheffield Wednesday forward Lucas Joao at Carrow Road. Picture by Sean Dempsey/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Sean Dempsey/Focus Images Ltd

Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his snap verdict on the final whistle at Carrow Road

1. Striker light - City fans hardly needed a reminder but the sight of the ineffective Cameron Jerome replaced by Youssouf Mulumbu and Steven Naismith pushed further forward for the final quarter, with Carlton Morris on the bench, underlined how imperative it is to bring in genuine, proven goalscoring power in the closing weeks of the window. When Jerome does not fire, City's attacking threat looks fitful. And Alex Neil knows it.

2. Lack of pressing - The opening-day Championship cruise at Blackburn illustrated Norwich have the midfielders to cut a dash in the second tier but as a collective they were lacking in the uglier traits required at this level against Wednesday - namely a willingness to press and harry and deny the opposition space in their own half. Alex Neil has spoken about the appetite for the battle. It was missing for long spells.

3. Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls showed enough at Carrow Road to suggest if Norwich finish above Carlos Carvalhal's side they could be heading straight back to the Premier League. Disciplined, well-drilled out of possession and carrying enough threat on the counter with the impressive Barry Bannan, Wednesday look one of the main dangers to promotion.

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4. Robbie Brady - Alex Neil hailed the Republic of Ireland international's versatility at his pre-match press call and it was evident in his first start of the season when Martin Olsson's injury forced him to be re-deployed at left-back after starting in front of the Swede. Whether the Dubliner remains in Norfolk beyond the transfer window will become clear in due course but there is no doubt he would be an asset. Although we can perhaps put some poor set piece deliveries down to rust.

5. Over to you, Michael - City's summer recruit, Michael McGovern, was thrust into the action after John Ruddy's injury in the closing stages of the opening period. The Northern Irishman's first two kicks from the floor were wayward to say the least but a smart stop from Barry Bannan followed by a low save to keep out Ross Wallace, Ryan Bennett completing the clearance, suggested Norwich have a reliable last line should Ruddy be out for any length.