Norwich City left it late to claim all three points on Saturday as a 97th minute winner from Teemu Pukki finished off a spectacular seven-goal thriller at Carrow Road.
Despite a shaky start and going into the half-time break a goal down, Norwich did turn the scoreline around and in the 79th minute Moritz Leitner put the Canaries ahead. However, the scoreline was reversed once again with two quick-fire goals from Millwall giving the visitors an unexpected lead. With full time approaching it looked like an upset was on the cards – but two goals from Jordan Rhodes and Teemu Pukki in the dying embers of the match ensured that Norwich avoided any slip up, extending their winning streak to five games and moving them to top of the table.
Here are some things that we learnt about Norwich City during the enthralling game at Carrow Road.
1. SLOW STARTERS
Norwich have won their last five matches with 13 goals in total – but just one scored in the first half. They also conceded three of their five goals within the first 45 minutes, suggesting there’s work to be done by manager Daniel Farke to ensure Norwich get rid of the habit of not waking up until the second-half.
Having said this, they’ve been enjoying their second-half performances – the East Anglian side have scored eight goals after half time in their last two games. But their form in the opening 45 minutes has to be a worry for fans who’ll be hoping the team will be working on that during then international break.
2. TEEMU PUKKI FINDING FORM
The 28-year -old has bagged a brace in each of his last two games for Norwich, most noticeably the cheeky chip that won them the game on Saturday in the final few minutes.
Having joined on a free from Brondby in the summer, Pukki seems to be finding his feet and the back of the net in the Championship and is quickly building himself up to be a fan favourite with the Carrow Road faithful. If he can continue the form displayed in recent weeks, Pukki could prove to be vital in Norwich’s push for promotion for the rest of the season.
3. DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY
Top of the league and on a winning streak of five matches domestically, you could forgive some Norwich fans for starting to get excited about the possibility of promotion this season. However, conceding three to a Millwall side that hadn’t scored in over 180 minutes of football could be viewed as a reality check for some fans that there is still work to be done if they want to make that leap up back up to the Premier League.
Norwich could very easily have lost on Saturday and can’t afford to be dropping points against the lower teams if they want to compete at the top of the Championship. Daniel Farke must make sure his players don’t relax with their new position in the league table, because if they do it won’t be long until the last minute winners stop, and they start to drop down the table.
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