First of all, Neil has lauded the partnership that has formed between Gary O’Neil and Jonny Howson. The two central midfielders were pivotal in Norwich’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City as both put in exceptional performances.
At the start of the season, Howson was out wide and O’Neil was on the bench. Neil may be regretting not having tried this partnership sooner as they seem to really be flourishing alongside each other.
O’Neil has come in for Alex Tettey, who has been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury. The injury to Tettey is looking like a blessing in disguise for Norwich with O’Neil’s current form.
I thought the two of them were brilliant. They were the absolute stand-outs in our team.
Gary used his experience and his game-management to slow things down. You see the incident where he gets a foul from (Raheem) Sterling late on in the bottom corner and only good, experienced professionals could do what he did there to relieve a bit of the pressure.
I am not saying he has bought the foul but it was great, experienced play from him. Look at Jonny alongside him and his legs and energy gives us that drive from the middle of the park.
Timm Klose was man of the match on Saturday and was a rock at the back for Norwich. He handled Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony resolutely and didn’t allow either of them much room to work with during the match.
Timm is a good player and he has a fine pedigree.
He came from a really high level and he has fitted into the group really well and he is doing everything he can.
He was going to take a while to settle in but he has played Champions League for Wolfsburg so we have no worries about him. I thought he performed really well, particularly in the second half.