Last week I talked about City’s discipline, and they needed every ounce of it at the New York Stadium in a windy and apparently post-apocalyptic Rotherham judging by the almost universal absence of people or functioning shops in the town centre. It is indeed grim up north.
Daniel Farke is maintaining the rhetoric that City were touted for a mid-table finish, so everything thereafter is a bonus as part of his strategy to keep the players focused and the pressure off, and quite rightly so.
Callum O’Dowda’s special goal was in the Lionel Messi class for Bristol City chief Lee Johnson - but the Robins’ chief admitted it was Norwich City’s quality which made the difference in a 3-2 Championship defeat.
Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons were the heroes of the hour as Norwich City’s academy starlets played integral roles in firing the Canaries back to the top of the table in a spirited fightback from behind against Rotherham.