City lose again, this time 5-1. Fellow promoted outfit Aston Villa hit FIVE past the Canaries who could on manage one goal in reply.
Aston Villa came out the better team and it only took them 14 minutes to get the breakthrough. Villa’s £20million striker Wesley slid the ball into the net after a mix up at the back between Ibrahim Amadou and Ben Godfrey. He then added a second preventable goal through the legs of third choice keeper, Michael McGovern. Before half time, both were involved again, this time, the Norwich man came out on top with an impressive double save from a penalty.
After the break, Villa came out fast scoring just four minutes into the second half. After intricate play from Villa, Jack Grealish hit a good shot into the side netting ending the Canaries hope of a comeback. Then after City had a free kick shout, Conor Hourihane hit another well placed shot past the helpless McGovern. A few minutes later Villa added their fifth. Douglas Luiz got in on the wonder goal act, burying his shot top corner past the dispersing McGovern. Towards the end Josip Drmic got one back with his first goal for the Canaries after a mistake from Tom Heaton.
Steipermann needs to be dropped
Steipermann was a crucial part of City’s title winning campaign last season but the attacking midfielder has started this season in terrible form. From being less than convincing in the opening day loss against Liverpool to missing multiple shots yesterday, it’s fair to say he hasn’t had the best start to the season.
The fact that he is still in the team is made even more shocking by the fact that City have plenty of quality back up. Since joining on a season long loan from Manchester City, Patrick Roberts is yet to make a start in the Premier League for the Canaries. So, maybe him or Mario Vrancic (who is back from injury after the international break) should start against the Cherries in a couple of weeks time.
Norwich can’t defend
Whether it’s Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann, Amadou or Godfrey, City cannot keep the ball from their net. The Canaries have already conceded TWENTY-ONE goals this season with just eight games played. That means they have to worst defensive record in the league.
Despite winning the league last season, City didn’t have a safe defence conceding fifty-eight. Seeing that, you would have thought that the board would have invested in a defender or two to sure up the defence but they didn’t.
With Zimmermann out at the start of the season, City had just three centre back’s to start the season. Then Klose injured himself playing in the cup against Crawley. To make matters worse Hanley has also had problems with his groin.
In conclusion, City should have invested in a centre back and have been punished with all the injury problems.
Cantwell is crucial to the Canaries
After an up and down break out campaigne last season, the England u21 international has been one of City’s best players this season.
With two goals and two assists already to his name, Cantwell has really shown his quality consistently, something he struggled with last season.
Saturday was no different with Cantwell being City’s most dangerous force. He was lively and always had a way to beat his man.
Lewis is on par with Aarons
Last season many City fans would have said that nineteen-year-old Max Aarons was much better than Lewis but this season has been a lot different.
Lewis has consistently been one of City’s best players whilst Aarons is yet to hit the heights of his breakout campaign.