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Across the Border: City show pleasing level of steel during Bristol draw

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If there were questions about whether this Norwich City side has the steel to maintain a sustained promotion challenge, Saturday’s hard-fought point at Bristol City went some way to providing the answers.

After the game it was revealed that a number of Daniel Farke’s squad had been suffering from the flu, including Christoph Zimmermann, who had to be withdrawn on the hour mark.

Couple that with the fact Farke was also without two of his key protagonists – Timm Klose and Moritz Leitner – and you could say the Canaries were up against it even before they found themselves 2-1 down.

But this City side is made of strong stuff, and with the help of some tactical tweaks from their manager, they summoned the strength to snatch a point and extend their unbeaten run to 10 games courtesy of Max Aarons’ header.

It would be so easy to forget that Aarons has only played 19 senior games in his career as with every passing outing he looks more capable of going on to play at the highest level.

Not only is he strong and comfortable at the back, he poses a real threat going forward – as his return of three goals and three assists demonstrates.

On this occasion Aarons’ goal owed much to the work of Onel Hernandez, whose return to fitness is a massive boost.

With visits of Nottingham Forest and Derby on the horizon, there is no doubt the next few weeks will be crucial in shaping the promotion challenge, but for now the focus remains on tomorrow’s trip to Blackburn.

The game at Ewood Park marks the halfway point of the season and a win would keep City above the hallowed two-points-a-game mark which is ultimately the benchmark for a top two finish.

Blackburn are a good side, but with Hernandez, Leitner and Grant Hanley back in the fold, City will be heading to the north west in confident mood.

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