TalkNorwichCity’s Jack Reeve stands a frustrated figure in the aftermath of another stalemate at Carrow Road.
City’s offensive profligacy was pertinent throughout the afternoon, with Carrow Road once again resembling a cauldron of frustration on a cold afternoon in NR1. Despite an increased intensity in the opening stages, Norwich wilted and were lucky to cling onto a point.
The reintroduction of Alex Pritchard to the matchday squad was a highlight in a match which was devoid of any offensive quality from the hosts. James Maddison recorded his first league goal at Carrow Road with a freekick of tremendous technical quality. Whether or not it was intended is another dispute entirely.
Norwich’s winless run continues. No win in six, a squad which is riddled with injuries and an offensive ineptitude, this run of form could prove damning for Norwich’s playoff aspirations. The Christmas period could prove season defining.
Despite an improved first half, Norwich’s lack of width and conviction in the final third was prominent. Nelson Oliveira’s performance was substandard. A player deployed as a target man, Oliveira looked incapable of holding the ball up and winning duels.
There were positives.
An increased intensity and tempo underpinned Norwich’s success in the opening period. Also, the dominance of a back four which stood firm to all of Preston’s offence. Admittedly, they were undone at a set piece, but in open play, the duo of Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann complemented each other well. Potential.
A bizarre conclusion to the game saw Norwich fan David ‘Spud’ Thornhill carry out fourth official duties superbly. Spud, in his casual jeans, stood in to prevent abandonment, ensuring Norwich supporters didn’t have to endure another 90 minutes.
It’s a frustrating period to be a Norwich supporter at present, but the season is defined often in the latter stages. There is no longer a blip, but a dramatic swing of the pendulum has caused doubt amongst City supporters, and rightly so.
Webber and Farke told supporters it would take ‘3-4 transfer windows’ to achieve the equilibrium they are seeking. Supporters have asked for change and must now see it through.
That said, something needs to change, and quickly.