Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 3-2 Championship home defeat against Leeds United

Louis Thompson fails to keep out Pontus Jansson's header in Norwich City's 3-2 Championship defeat t

Louis Thompson fails to keep out Pontus Jansson's header in Norwich City's 3-2 Championship defeat to Leeds United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his snap verdict from Carrow Road

1. Changing man - Alex Neil insisted in the immediate aftermath of the Brighton carnage he would ring the changes. Injuries and Alex Tettey's suspension may have limited his wriggle room but in the end Robbie Brady was the only non-enforced change to his starting XI. It is hardly being wise after the event to state John Ruddy for Michael McGovern looked an obvious switch after the Northern Ireland international's horror show at the Amex. McGovern's latest soft concession for Leeds' match-winner merely underlined Neil's loyalty looks increasingly misplaced. And it is the Scot who will pay the price. Despite the matchday assurances from the owners and the chief executive.

2. Free header. Repeat. Free header. Repeat. - Pontus Jansson shrugged off Cameron Jerome to head past McGovern roughly in the same area of the penalty box Preston's Alex Baptiste rose similarly unchallenged for the Lilywhites' winner. Add in Lewis Dunk's far-post headed goal at Brighton and the crime sheet is now reaching ridiculous proportions.

3. Midfield mix. Less sweet, more sour - Wes Hoolahan, Alex Pritchard and Graham Dorrans retained their places in the line up. Put simply, any creative potential is now being outweighed by their chronic collective inability to sense danger without the ball. The manner Pritchard failed to track Luke Ayling as the full-back burst into the box to provide the assist for Chris Wood's goal underlined the point. Alex Neil's rigid belief in how he wants to dominate possession is being exposed in this ever-deepening fallow period.

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4. Louis Thompson. Can Norwich clone him? - To emphasis the contrast, Thompson showed endeavour, industry and energy. His ability to cover the ground and that injection of thrust was arguably the only genuine positive. The youngster will take some shifting now but it will take much more of the same qualities to dig Norwich out of this hole.

5. Wes. A day to remember for all the wrong reasons - Hoolahan's 300th appearance for the Canaries should have been a cause for celebration. A first-half booking and another wretched display from his side that ultimately ended in another defeat means the Republic of Ireland international will remember his landmark for all the wrong reasons.

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