News – GB – Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from the Canary Islands’ 3-1 victory over Birmingham


Teemu Pukki fired Norwich City to the top in the championship trip to Birmingham City
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

Norwich’s championship rivals must have hoped Daniel Farke’s squad slipped out of the smooth groove they’d found since beating Stoke. Bad news they made it to Stoke Andrews and it were three points closer to the finish line, plus a 10-point gap ahead of all major competitors trying to react on Wednesday

Perhaps Birmingham deserves more credit. The Blues have been excellent in their tactical approach, in the energy of their press, and in the discomfort that Norwich and Farke caused on the matter

It’s been a long time since the Canaries looked as out of place as the Birmingham first-half equalizer shows

But the hallmark of that title push seems to be Norwich’s ability to find a way

Birmingham may feel a burning sense of injustice when Emi Buendia’s deflected shot was fired for Teemu Pukki to double their personal record – after a first-half penalty was saved – but how often does the Finn’s gambling pay off ?

Farke only wants to talk about points right now, not league placements, however, if Norwich can keep winning if they fall below their own high standards, that ray of light will narrow from week to week for the remainder

Farke sparked a big debate with his post-game comments about Pukki’s return to the goal path after his Rotherham match winner

Few doubted his words for the second time in a week with a majestic opening target at St Andrews

Kenny McLean’s pass left him busy on the left edge of the Birmingham box, but the power and timing of his target sweeping over a stunned Neil Etheridge to the far corner was majestic

Unfortunately, Etheridge demanded some vengeance when they dueled again from the penalty spot later in the first half

The keeper of the blues held his own and at the end had a regular stop with his legs after Pukki decided on a placement instead of shifting the middle

But as Farke rightly pointed out after the Pukki’s Millers match winner, this is the life of a striker, his gamble in the second half paid off to follow Buendia’s deflected shot at Etheridge

Comparisons with two seasons ago are unfair This is a more pragmatic Norwich with the burden of expectation Pukki is also no longer an unknown commodity Park this debate and just trust the Finn to deliver when it comes down to it

Beyond the headlines by Pukki, Onel Hernandez’s introduction to Mario Vrancic provided the much-needed momentum and threat of attack

The Cuban stormed into the Birmingham box and then a composed setback for Buendia led to Pukki and Norwich’s second goal

His ability to extend the game and run down the clock was also invaluable in the closing stages as the blues were tired

His goals and assists in the championship campaign two seasons ago have distinguished him as a serious operator at this level. He may have had to be content with a rather small role so far.But since his head coach needed game changers, Hernandez delivered the blues with his boost / p>

On the track you can see that the popular player is becoming an increasingly important figure. In tight games he can provide something like an X-factor

In an empty stadium, the frustrated voice of Norwich’s head coach pierced the chill air in that part of Birmingham for most of that opening period

Farke was far from impressed with his offer. His late return to the dig site after halftime, combined with his tone of voice and body language, indicated that he might have conveyed his point of view by force

Norwich certainly looked far more aggressive and more willing to sign Birmingham than a passive opening phase

Farke recently discussed after that mini-blip that in certain games, if he feels like he needs to be louder from the sideline, he’ll happily pick up the baton on This was such a night

But it had the desired effect His decision to introduce Hernandez also paid off, Jordan Hugill’s header incapacitated substitute Lukas Rupp to secure this hard-fought win, and Farke’s role is about looking for small profits now his tactical improvements or simply his man management are the Norwich head coach delivered

Christoph Zimmermann was rightly praised for responding to a defensive SOS when Ben Gibson woke up on Saturday with an earlier issue Zimmermann was steadfast and composed along with Grant Hanley on that goal from Rotherham

However, this was a far more uncomfortable postponement before the break.Birmingham cleverly pushed its way through the middle and launched numerous raids from wide areas A cheap early booking for a raised foot on Jeremie Bela put unnecessary pressure on him

Then his failure to control Tim Krul’s hot pass resulted in a turnover that triggered Birmingham first-half equalization.He also allowed Scott Hogan to escape before half-time, but the Blues front man drove past p>

Thanks to him, performance in the second half of the year was safer and far more straightforward Zimmermann stepped and walked, letting those in front of him who were further up in the park deal with the other side of the equation

Carpenter knows he must take advantage of every single opportunity given how well Gibson and Hanley have done up to this point in the promotion.But when the Burnley borrower declares himself available for the weekend getaway to Wycombe, one suspects that Zimmermann may have to keep his time again

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