Embarrassing. The word that comes to mind after City’s 5-1 loss to fellow newly promoted side Aston Villa.
Labelled a ‘must not lose’ game by both sets of fans, the difference between the two sides couldn’t have been bigger.
Losses to Burnley and Crystal Palace in their last two matches saw them sit just one place above the drop zone and one place above Villa. So, a win for either team would have been so important and one team came out on fire with slick passing and the other could hardly get their foot on the ball; sadly for City’s fans, their team the the latter.
Norwich now have to regroup over the international break and head into the game against Bournemouth looking to end their run of three straight losses.
But just how poor were Norwich? Here are our player ratings from the disappointing defeat…
Michael McGovern: 7
He conceded five goals but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Saved a decent penalty from Wesley and couldn’t do anything about any of the five goals.
Jamal Lewis: 6
Arguably City’s best player, the left back (who was on pain killers) was the positive in many negatives. When he got forward he looked likely to create something and was average defensively.
Ibrahim Amadou: 3
The Frenchman was beaten much to easy on many occasions. The make shift centre back left Wesley unmarked for the striker to have a simple tap in through McGovern’s legs for his second goal of the game. For Villa’s third goal he should have got tighter to Grealish before he played a neat one-two which ended in a goal for the number ten. In summary, since his man of the match display against Manchester City, Amadou has been pretty poor giving away a penalty against Palace and a lacklustre performance against the Clarets.
Ben Godfrey: 4
The twenty-one-year-old captained the side again but he wasn’t up to his usual standards. Probably could have done a lot better for Villa’s opener but apart from that, he hard a pretty average afternoon.
Max Aarons: 5
Struggled with Grealish all game. We’re yet to see the Max Aaron’s of last season but with an international break coming up, City fans will be hoping that he can find his form with England.
Kenny McLean: 5
The Scot didn’t stop running all day but lacked quality when defending. The midfielder gave away a penalty that gave Wesley the chance to take the match ball home only for McGovern to pull of an impressive double save. He was a lot better when City were on the attack but still struggled to create anything.
Mo Leitner: 4
The German put in another less than average performance in the heart of the midfield. Poor defensive support has been a theme of his season and yesterday was no different, letting players like McGinn and Hourihane a free run at City’s vulnerable back line.
Emi Buendia: 6
Walking back when Villa were on the attack left City’s full back’s the impossible task of defending against Villa’s full back and wingers. When the Argentinian was on the ball he wasn’t his usual self, giving the ball away on too many occasions. The playmaker was also at fault for Villa’s fourth when he got caught wanting to much time on the ball.
Marco Steipermann: 3
Nicknamed ‘Sleipermann’ by some on Facebook, the German has been extremely poor this season. Another three or four shots missed yesterday, his all round game was poor even struggling to make just a ten yard pass.
Todd Cantwell: 7
Highest rated player for me, Cantwell was lively all game but struggled with his end product. The England u21 international always had a skill in his locker and was City’s biggest danger man for the Canaries.
Teemu Pukki: 5
Very quite again, the Fin didn’t have enough service and even his pressing wasn’t up to his normal standards.