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Norwich City seem to be moving in the right direction after back-to-back goal-less draws in the Premier League



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Slowly but surely, Norwich City are heading in the right direction.

Saturday’s 0-0 draw with high-flying Brighton was City’s second on the spin, having put their first point on the board at Burnley prior to the international break.

It was our most competitive performance of the season, although admittedly at this stage the bar is quite low.

Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman
Norwich City supporter Ed Seaman

At the back, Grant Hanley was impressive in dealing with the threat of the in-form Neal Maupay – while in midfield, Mathias Normann continues to look more and more like the key cog.

On the occasions our defences were breached, Tim Krul stood up, with one save in particular – tipping an effort from Leandro Trossard on to the bar – one for the highlight reel.

The biggest disappointment was that we didn’t come away from the game with a first three points of the season, having created more than enough chances to do so.

While both Teemu Pukki and Josh Sargent were guilty of squandering opportunities, it is the latter who has made most of the headlines for missing a sitter.

Faced with an open goal following a mistake from Robert Sánchez, Sargent failed to put enough weight on his shot, enabling a Brighton defender to get back and clear the ball to safety.

While ultimately strikers will be judged on their goalscoring record, there have been encouraging signs from the American since his summer arrival.

I’ve been particularly impressed by his work-rate – after all, despite the horror miss, it was Sargent’s pressing which caused the error from Sánchez.

What has also been noticeable is both his ability to hold the ball up and willingness to run the channels – two things we will need to utilise effectively to have any chance of pulling off an unlikely result at Stamford Bridge this weekend. Despite recent improvements, I suspect you’d get long odds on that happening.



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