Norwich failed to build on their win over Bournemouth as they lost 2-1 to a struggling Spurs side
The Canaries defended resolutely for the majority of the game and the home side only had a few clear chances – two of which they scored. The breakthrough came just before the break through Alli. Cantwell lost the ball in midfield and after Aurier put in a perfect cross, Alli had the simplest of tasks to slide the ball into the net.
Norwich equalised mid way through the second period thanks to a cool penalty from Pukki. Sessegnon clumsily took down Aarons in the area and after a long VAR check, the spot-kick was given. The Fin has obviously been doing penalty practice because his he’s now scored his last three after missing his only spot-kick last season.
Less than ten minutes later, Spurs retook the lead thanks to a Son header. After the Canaries missed a chance up the other end, Tottenham broke. Alli attempted a cross but it deflected wickedly off Zimmermann’s foot and right onto the head of Son who had an open goal.
It was beginning to look like a repeat of the Carrow Road clash but Spurs managed to hold on for the win.
Despite Tottenham’s constant pressure in the first half, Krul wasn’t forced into a testing save and his distribution wasn’t at it’s normal standard.
Aarons is quickly becoming one of the top right backs in the Premier League with his consistent top class performances. He won the penalty that Pukki despatched and was a vital creative force. The nineteen year old didn’t allow Sessegnon a second on the ball and his slide tackles were perfect. Norwich’s biggest achievement of January will be keeping hold of this star.
He was commanding in the air and his captaincy but was very wasteful in possession. His defensive work was average. He made a few mistakes but for the most part the Scotsman was solid.
He allowed Alli to nip across him for the opener and, in his attempt to block an Alli cross, deflected the ball up onto the head of Son for the home side’s second. The German did stop a dangerous looking break with a quick clearance and was faultless for most of the game. The thought of the centre back being back at full fitness is an exciting prospect for Canaries fans.
Spurs were at their most dangerous down Norwich’s left side but attacking wise, Byram was quick and clever with his passing.
The Norweigian was brilliant! He made countless vital interceptions and his passing range, as i’ve said before, was immaculate. If Norwich are to make that great escape that looks less and less achievable then they’ll owe a lot to the defensive midfielder.
Two very poor performances on the spin for McLean has seen him get some stick from Norwich fans. He has been to quit and ineffective.
He was lucky not to be sent off for his reckless tackle on Lamela but whilst on the ball he was impressive. His long range shot whistled past the post and he set up Pukki only for the Fin to flash the ball across goal.
He was starved off the ball so he couldn’t control the game like his did against Bournemouth but when in possession, he was cool and didn’t put a foot wrong.
You could tell that he was playing out of position. He looks like he could be a Premier League quality playmaker if he was laying in his natural position because he was always trying to drift infield and when he did, he became more involved in the game. Almost scored a debut goal with his cleanly hit shot but it was deflected past the post.
Despite the goal, it was a poor performance from the Fin. He missed more than enough chances but did create space for himself well.