Battling City full of belief and desire
PUBLISHED: 14:56 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:45 02 July 2010
Last night called for resilience and a bit of patience and City showed both to continue their amazing unbeaten run. Norwich dominated possession and were the better team but they couldn't quite make it happen in front of goal until the final 15 minutes.
Last night called for resilience and a bit of patience and City showed both to continue their amazing unbeaten run.
Norwich dominated possession and were the better team but they couldn't quite make it happen in front of goal until the final 15 minutes.
They put in plenty of crosses but could not convert their dominance into chances and therefore goals.
In those situations, you just need to persist, keep doing things right and hope you will get the chances. Then it's all about taking them - and that's exactly what Chris Martin and Cody McDonald did.
City didn't play at their very best but good teams get the job done and the result puts a little bit of daylight between them and Leeds.
One of the biggest things to come out of the game was the proof that manager Paul Lambert can go to plan B if the game isn't going in the direction he wants it to.
And last night, on came Anthony McNamee and Cody McDonald, City switched to a 4-4-2 and the result speaks for itself.
We haven't seen too much of McNamee because the team has been playing so well but he made an impact when he came on, as did McDonald.
Cody will be hoping that he has given the manager a bit of a headache ahead of Saturday's game against Hartlepool and it goes to show the strength of squad that Lambert is building.
You look at the bench for every game now and there's strength in depth. It's even a struggle for the squad players to get on that bench and that's a great situation for the club to be in.
It gives the manager plenty of options so when things aren't going quite right he can change them.
There will be games until the end of the season when City don't play well but the one thing they will need then is resilience - and they showed plenty of that against Walsall on a very poor pitch.
I walked the pitch before the game and water came to the surface when you put your foot down so all credit to the players.
The run that Norwich are on at the moment obviously builds confidence and the players wouldn't have been panicking last night.
I'm sure that they believed that they would get an equaliser and, when that came, that they would go on to win the match.
Norwich are churning out win after win after win and it's almost impossible to run out on the pitch not believing you will get a result.
And with Leeds losing it made the evening even sweeter.
Leeds are in trouble now. They are struggling in the league, maybe have their minds elsewhere and have a bundle of games coming along.
But Lambert won't be allowing his players to count their chickens. They won't be getting complacent but the run City are on must give them a huge amount of confidence.
The one disappointment last night was the sight of Adam Drury pulling up sharply and limping off and it would be a blow if he is now missing for any length of time.
t NEIL'S MAN OF THE MATCH - DAREL RUSSELL: Ninety minutes of hard graft again from the City midfielder. He broke play down and got the Canaries going and all on a poor pitch. Wes Hoolahan was excellent in the second half but it was one of those games when someone like Russell really comes to the fore. He did his job and did it very well.