City boss Daniel Farke says he will make changes for the trip to face Birmingham following Friday’s defeat to Brentford.
Norwich went down 2-1 at home to the Bees, and Farke admits he wants his side to be more streetwise at St Andrew’s.
“After such a poor first-half and after such a loss, and with three games in the next few days, you have to react,” Farke told the media after the Brentford defeat. “When you face opponents at the bottom of the table you have to concentrate on keeping the distance big enough, and you do that by concentrating on the basic elements of football and you concentrate on defending.
“So for that it is good to have more players on the pitch who are concentrated on this topic and this area. Even if we’d won against Brentford I would have made some changes because we have four games in nine games, but even more so after the first half against Brentford. 100% there will be some changes.”
Farke didn’t single anyone out following the Brentford loss, but believes going back to how the team was set up in their eight-game unbeaten run is the way out of the current poor form.
“Although we haven’t conceded lots of goals recently, we conceded one or two goals in each and every game. So we have to concentrate right now on our defending, and to concentrate on getting clean sheets, to ensure that we have a good balance against the ball – and that’s the way to get back self-confidence and win points.”
Birmingham drew 1-1 away at Sunderland on Saturday and remain bottom of the table, and City’s next three opponents, with a visit to Burton Albion on Saturday followed by hosting Millwall on New Year’s Day, all below the Canaries.
“These next three games are pretty important as they are games against direct opponents, who will be hungry to close the distance between us,” Farke said. “We have to be there to protect our distance and improve our situation, starting against Birmingham.”