December - Big Improvements
Norwich 5-1 West Brom | Premier League | Sarr x2, Eliasson, Pukki, Hernandez
Aston Villa 0-2 Norwich | Premier League | Pukki, Greenwood
Norwich 1-0 Crystal Palace | Premier League | Pukki
Norwich 3-0 Preston North End | Carabao Cup Quarter Final | Sarr, Stiepermann, Aarons
Burnley 1-5 Norwich | Premier League | Sarr, Buendia, Greenwood x2, Pukki
Manchester United 3-1 Norwich | Premier League | Pukki
Norwich 0-1 Liverpool | Premier League | N/A
A huge month in store for the Christmas period. It's been busy busy busy for us in East Anglia, after a poor run of results it was time to put some serious work in and set the record straight on the league table.
With a quarter final to play against Preston, we completely stomped them into the ground with a huge 3-0 victory which would fire us well into the semi's joining Arsenal who we would play in the next round, plus Manchester City and Southampton.
It was our show stopping premier league performances though that caught the eyes of Norwich fans, rivals too it seems. With two huge 5-1 victories home and away to West Brom and Burnley the boys were in high spirits ready to make a clear statement to the rest of the league that we aren't to be trifled with.
Having joined the club for such a little fee it seems Sarr believes he has some repayments to make to us for giving him the chance to play once again in the Premier League as he became our top scorer for the season so far. Albeit roughly 4 of his 10 goals have been penalties, he's still been the best performer along with loanee Mason Greenwood who I hope to extend on loan for another year.
We continued a fantastic run of form against Palace and Villa which saw us gain 12 points from 12 after a disappointing run in the league involving quite possibly the game of the season against Wolves.
Against Palace, we utterly dominated but we had to wait until the 94th minute to get the winning goal after Palace were penalised not once but twice with red cards for a poorly time Sakho challenge on Cantwell, and a Milivojelic second yellow.
Sometimes you just need that luck and it looked like we might get that against Man United at Old Trafford. Once again we looked like one of the best teams in the league taking the lead through Teemu Pukki which kept us in front for roughly 10 minutes until Martial levelled the score.
We looked like the team most likely to score however come the 80th minute Martial decided to rewrite his own script and win them the game. 90 minutes in, Fred scored a screamer from outside the box really making the game look a lot more one sided than it was. Lucky Manchester United.
Lastly, those ever dominant Reds. Quite pleased to welcome them to Carrow Road and NOT be embarrassed for once, it was Naby Keita's 74th minute goal which separated the two teams. We couldn't do much to counter and were sadly left with nothing but after a big rise on the form table, I remain pleased.
Going into January We're back up to 7th in the table and looking good. The dip in form we had was obviously just a blip and we continue to make headway for those important European places. Is Europa league a stretch too far?
We do go in with a transfer target in mind. Ahmed Kutucu from Schalke who would fit perfectly into the squad as one of my two pressing forwards. Pukki is a good player but at 30 years old I feel I can get a decent fee for him and replace him with much better and much younger.
We will try for Ahmed on loan as we currently don't have the funds to sign a player of his quality but if not, come summer things might be a little different.