Norwich City will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend against Rotherham after a 0-0 draw with Hull earlier this week.
Still top of the league, there is plenty for the Yellows to be pleased about but with Leeds and Middlesbrough in close quarters they need to keep their foot down.
Here, we spoke to Richard Voisey from City of Yellows, as usual, to catch his thoughts ahead of the game…
A frustrating draw last time out against Hull – what do Norwich need to improve on from that game?
There appears to be a combination of events which provided excuses for Tuesday’s 0-0 stalemate. A key influence appeared to be the lost of Moritz Leitner, he has been a pivotal factor in bringing City success and six wins in the trot.
He leads the Championship stats for yards covered on the pitch, his vision is superb and he moves the ball so quickly. We looked a little more like the early season form on Humberside with a much slower build-up and more missed passes than usual, many unforced.
We have also got to consider the conditions, a wet, cold, windy evening played on a Rugby League pitch which needed a pre-match cut. The pitch and opposition played its part in nullifying the Canaries passing on the deck. Leitner’s replacement, Tom Tryball had the two best chances on the evening and should have scored with a header towards the end of the game.
Up next, another side near the bottom, how do the Yellows go about getting past Rotherham?
We obviously know that there are no easy games in the Championship and however much talent there is on the pitch, if you don’t turn up you get punished.
The Millers are looking good at present, are fighting for every ball and keep coming back in games when the chips are down. Hopefully the return to the billiard table surface of Carrow Road will benefit the boys in yellow and green and subsequently play through the opposition whether it be middle of the park of pushing the wing backs down the line.
Teemu Pukki is due a goal as he hasn’t scored for a whole game now!
Can you see Daniel Farke making many changes for this game?
If Leitner is still not fit, I would be happy to see Mario Vrancic get a start, he offers plenty of creativity and vision between midfield and attack. Daniel may stick with Tryball as a defensive midfield pair with Alex Tettey.
There is plenty of midfield choice as local lad, Todd Cantwell is back and enjoyed a cameo appearance towards the end of the Hull game. Either way, we have been settled for weeks so I don’t expect any surprises or tinkering.
Emi Buendia is rightly attracting praise right now, how far do you think he can go?
Emiliano, the 21-year-old Argentinian, looks so good for City and has fitted in perfectly this season. At 5ft 7in he makes tackles, is not brushed off the ball and has produced more assists and goals per game that the great City legend, Wes Hoolahan.
He already has plenty of experience having represented Spain and Argentina at U19 and U20 levels and has 75 appearances in the top two Spanish Leagues with Getafe and Cultural Leonesa.
Norwich is an excellent platform to showcase his undoubted skills and further develop his career. The Canary fans are certainly appreciative to see perform for the club. There were concerns at the start that if he played it would be at the detriment of defensive cover, this has thankfully not been the case.
2-0. Pukki and Trybull