No Amount Of Time Or Break Will Change Norwich’s Defence
If Arsenal’s defence were said to have capitulated against Manchester City on Wednesday, Norwich City’s defence took that to a whole other level. The 3rd goal, from Nathan Redmond, demonstrated this stronger than anything, as he practically strolled past Timm Klose and tucked the ball casually into far bottom corner.
It was a performance that highlighted the problem that Norwich have had all season and one that, if Daniel Farke is to stay on, will need to be addressed imminently once the transfer window opens. At this rate, sides in the Championship will be relishing a trip to Carrow Road, strikers will be licking their lips at the prospect, which is not what they want should they seek a swift return to the top tier.
Danny Ings’ Right Foot Doesn’t Need A Crowd
The standout performer for Southampton was clearly Danny Ings, his goal to open the scoring was the finish of an absolute top striker. After such a long break and no sort of real pre-season, we are seeing some players come back fighting fit, whilst some are coming back a little sluggish. Ings belongs most certainly to the former, as he put in an energetic performance and caused total havoc within the Norwich back lines.
Every time Southampton went forward, the man looked to pose a threat. He could probably have had a hattrick had Southampton been a bit more clinical; he was unlucky to hit the bar in the first half, got his goal then, before Obafemi should’ve crossed to Ings who was in acres of space and ready for a tap-in. Overall, it capped a top performance from a man who just can’t seem to be stopped this season, who is finally showing what he can do when he has an injury-free period.
Pukki Came Back The Opposite Of Ings
Sorry to pile on the misery Norwich fans, but I’m sure you were all dreaming about the prospect of seeing Teemu Pukki pull on the shirt for your beloved Canaries during the Coronavirus break. Unfortunately, he belongs to the latter of the aforementioned group of players when getting back onto the pitch.
He put in a lacklustre performance, where he didn’t even show a hint of looking like he wanted to fight against the team’s relegation. He had a couple of chances where, if he were fit and perhaps playing in front of a crowd, you would’ve put your house on him putting them away, but his feet seemed to be at odds with the rest of his body as he failed to control balls, couldn’t get it out of his feet or just scuffed the shots. He certainly wasn’t the Pukki that Norwich fans must have day-dreamed about watching again whilst football wasn’t played, perhaps he already has his eye on a cushy move somewhere else?
Southampton Were Right To Back Hassenhuettl
At one point in the season, things were looking anything but rosy for Ralph Hassenhuettl, as Southampton lingered for a long time in the wrong part of the table, and only really put their fears to bed with this win over Norwich. Their 37 points would have been enough to keep them safe in both of the past two seasons and they can now finally breath that sigh of relief and start focusing on next year and how they want their project to continue under the Austrian.
They gave their boss a big show of support during the Coronavirus break, giving him a new 4 year contract, a clear sign that those in the higher echelons of the club believe in the work that he is doing in every aspect of the club. It can only be beneficial for the team, the players and the manager himself to be able to relax and go about doing his job in the same calm and controlled manner that he has up until now.