Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 3-1 Championship win against Burton Albion
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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his snap verdict from the Carrow Road
1. Carrow Road jitters - Norwich are getting the job done but this was another fraught occasion in front of their own fans. Especially when Burton equalised in such messy fashion immediately after the break. But credit to Alex Neil's men, they are finding a way to extricate themselves from tense situations to build that elusive commodity - momentum.
2. Robbie Brady - The Republic of Ireland's second half spot kick was saved by Burton keeper Jon McLaughlin. That summed up another frustrating shift. There is no doubting his quality and ability to influence games at this level but perhaps that eye-catching summer at Euro 2016 is still taking its toll.
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3. Penalty madness - Brady's spot kick woe, coming after Wes Hoolahan's similar frustration at Nottingham Forest seven days earlier may only be a statistical quirk in the final analysis after Norwich won both league games. Nevertheless, with such a presentable opportunity from 12 yards, City must punish opponents. Who next to try from the spot I wonder?
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4. Patience is a virtue - Credit to Burton who were the latest side to visit Carrow Road and rise to the challenge on the big stage. Norwich appeared sluggish and lacklustre in that first 29 minutes before Martin Olsson pounced with a cool finish. Alex Neil made it clear in the build up that Burton would present a stiff hurdle and perhaps early circumspection comes with the territory.
5. Newcastle collision - Top of the table, four straight league wins and promotion rivals Newcastle United away next at St James' Park. Alex Neil insisted the focus had to be firmly on the Brewers this weekend but now his players and supporters can look forward to a heavyweight duel. The Canaries head north in fine fettle. Let battle commence.