Rare feeling of disappointment after Norwich City's Premier League defeat at the hands of Sheffield United
It’s not often that I have been disappointed with Norwich City this season – but the second-half performance against Sheffield United was one such occasion.
A rare goal from Alex Tettey handed Daniel Farke’s side a deserved 1-0 lead heading into the interval, capping off what I thought was a well-balanced and controlled display.
In midfield, the partnership of Tettey and the returning Mario Vrancic proved effective at both ends of the pitch against a Blades team who appeared to be feeling the effects of their midweek exploits.
Vrancic, after a long injury lay off, showed what he brings to the party, with a typically cultured, yet tenacious performance providing a vital link in the transitional phases between defence and attack.
But as good as City were, you couldn’t escape the feeling that a different Sheffield United team would appear after the break – having received the proverbial hair dryer treatment from the passionate Chris Wilder.
And that was case, with two quick fire goals – both avoidable from a City perspective – turning the game on its head.
I don’t know what was said in the City dressing room, but the attempt to match the new-found work-rate and intensity of their visitors fell far short of adequate.
In truth, it could have been worse, with former Ipswich frontman David McGoldrick spurning two excellent chances to put the game to bed as City pushed forward in search of an equaliser.
With an unenviable trip to Leicester next on the agenda, and a four-point gap to 17th, the defeat leaves City in very real danger of being cut adrift at the foot of the Premier League table.
While it is far too early to dismiss the club’s chances of survival, the flames of hope created by the four points against Everton and Arsenal already appear to be extinguished. It could be a long winter ahead.