Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 3-1 Championship win against Rotherham
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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his snap verdict from Carrow Road
1. Quality counts. Alex Pritchard - Handed a first league start in Norwich colours, Pritchard underlined what most already knew. Here is a young midfielder with the vision and awareness to influence games in the second tier. The pass for Wes Hoolahan's opener was a thing of beauty. Not sure about the celebration.
2. Time for a rest for Jacob? - Alex Neil said after Norwich last two games prior to the international break Jacob Murphy was showing signs of fatigue after his superb start to the campaign. A fortnight off did not appear to have the desired effect. The young man looked lethargic and lacking the spark he had shown in the opening weeks. An early second-half exit for his twin came as no surprise.
3. Plot line wearing a bit thin - City got the job done once again at Carrow Road. But this was another to file in the same category as Wigan, Cardiff and Burton. Almost total dominance of territory and possession for long spells but another tense second-half finish until Steven Naismith eased the growing anxiety.
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4. Back in from the cold, Steven? - Naismith may have owed his return to the matchday squad to Jonny Howson's ankle injury but the Scot's late goal may just convince the former Evertonian there is a route back into Alex Neil's first team plans after a prolonged spell in hibernation.
5. Over to you Huddersfield - Norwich did what was required to depose the Terriers at the top of the standings ahead of their home game on Sunday against Sheffield Wednesday. It may be far too early in terms of striking psychological blows in the race for promotion but nevertheless, the onus is now on the Yorkshire outfit to respond.