Norwich City take on Bolton this weekend as they look to stay top of the league in the Championship.
Here, then, we caught up with Richard Voisey from City of Yellows to grab his thoughts ahead of kick-off…
Another second-half flurry from Norwich last weekend – why are they so strong after half-time?
The boys appear to start quite slow and with quite a conservative approach in the first half of games this season.
The opposition tends to chase the ball with City being a possession-based side, the resulting play pans out with away sides running out of steam in the second half as City can move through the middle or by pushing the ball out wide.
From preseason, Daniel Farke has been a firm believer in fit players who can work for a full 90 minutes and testimony to this has been the double training sessions which the inherited players have had to adapt to at the start of last season.
Away from the pitch, Nelson Oliveira has been linked away – can you see him going in January?
Nelson is definitely off to new pastures in January in my view. He has undoubted talent matched with poor personality issues, unfortunately. Hopes were high when he joined us as it appeared he needed stability with his own contract rather than his drawn-out loan history at different clubs.
He cannot match his individual skills with the required teamwork mentality required under Daniel’s leadership. Oliveria has scored some brilliant goals in a City shirt and quite often with limited support around him. I wish him well with his next club.
Now five points clear of 3rd place – are Yellows fans daring to dream or keeping themselves firmly grounded?
City fans are on the cusp of believing this unbelievable run can continue.
Statistics are now appearing to indicate the positive outcome from clubs in a similar position at this point of the season.
The players all know their jobs inside out, there is strength in depth to cover injuries and adaptability within the squad to cover positions and adaption of on-pitch tactics.
There is also a sense of unity through the club, players, fans and the City. The only debate at present is whether help is required between the sticks.
Tim Krul has been singled out for spilling the ball too often and therefore a potential weakness in the City armoury. I feel he has worked well with his back four and made significant saves to keep City in the game. Signals from the Management suggest there is no cash to strengthen in January, time will tell.
It’s Bolton next and they are in dire straits – is there any real threat that they pose the Canaries?
No opposition in the Championship should be taken lightly. Having said that, it will be an unmitigated disaster if the Canaries fail to gain three points.
City are top of the form guide with sixteen points from the last six games whilst Wanderers have picked up just two. Goals have been scarce in the last four Bolton games so it could be tight although I expect Norwich to stretch them across the park at Carrow Road.