Despite the tremendous pressure applied by Norwich in the second half of Saturday’s match at Villa Park, the ten-men Canaries succumbed to a 2-0 loss thanks to a brace from Jonathan Kodjia.
The Ivorian international and former Bristol City striker’s two goals either side of half time practically shut down any lingering hopes of a top six finish for Norwich.
Still without an official replacement for Alex Neil, Norwich’s horrendous away run of just one win in thirteen league games prior to the Villa defeat was exacerbated as the ten-men wasted excellent chances; Nelson Oliveira’s wasteful first touch let the ball get away from him after being played through by Jerome, who also sent an early shot narrowly past the post.
The Canaries will now look to stop the away rot at the Kirklees Stadium on Wednesday against top-two candidates Huddersfield Town. The Terriers lost their last two matches to sides battling relegation, including a 4-0 trouncing by Bristol City. Regardless, they know how to get out of sticky run’s in form, as they bounced back from picking up only five points from twenty-four at the end of 2016.
Alan Irvine’s side are going to have to improve defensively despite lacking two crucial fullbacks through suspension if they want to get anything out of this crunch-tie, but who would get into a Huddersfield-Norwich combined XI?