Norwich suffered a second home defeat in a row as they were well beaten 0-2 by Wolves at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.
As a watching fan, it was quite a demoralising experience to see my team so unable to muster a real offensive threat against a team that, now I`ve seen them play, will surely be one of the teams to beat at the top of the league this season. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up.
Daniel Farke chose to rest James Husband, Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome, citing Cam`s recent heavy workload as he picked Marley Watkins to play the lone striker role.
It was Watkins who had the best opportunity, when he flicked an early Maddison free kick onto the post with John Ruddy at full stretch but that was about it. The fact that John Ruddy`s white kit remained almost unmarked tells you all you need to know about City`s attacking threat on the night.
In contrast, Wolves` front three was full of pace and movement and an expression of how I like to see football played – they were impressive.
Ruben Neves pulled the strings in midfield and tested Gunn with a great curling strike that I think I`m right in saying led to the corner that Boly scored from. The French defender got the faintest of glancing headers to flick the ball past Gunn, having evaded Timm Klose.
To be fair to Klose though, he was good in the centre alongside Hanley and both had to make last ditch blocks to deny goals. Pinto also did the same in the second half and without their last gasp efforts, it could easily have been 3, 4 or 5 nil.
Anyway, sometimes you just have to accept that you`ve been beaten by a better side and Wolves were better, no complaints.
Without Yanic Wildschut, who was missing for personal reasons, City lacked a cutting edge. Yanic is a rather blunt instrument, lacking the finesse of Josh Murphy but he isn`t easily knocked off the ball like Murphy and he is an asset. The return of Alex Pritchard and Steven Naismith will help too and although some may bemoan my mention of Naismith but I`d rather he be playing than Murphy last night. Surely he couldn`t have been any worse and he isn`t easily brushed off it, like Josh was.
City`s current position, just outside the play offs, is probably about right at this time. If we can maintain this position and be within touching distance of the top six come January then the return of Naismith, Pritchard and Oliveira to full fitness will help massively with a promotion push.
Anyway, you can`t dwell on it and we move on to Bolton at the weekend. A win there is no looking almost crucial ahead of the next international break.