Norwich City have been creating chances at will so far in the 2020/21 season, but a goals scored column entry of five in the Championship has head coach Daniel Farke demanding a more ruthless edge in front of goal from the Canaries.
Juxtaposed with Birmingham City’s total of just three goals conceded since the start of the campaign and Tuesday night’s meeting of the two sides is set to be an enlightening encounter.
“If I judge our performances, we're first in possession in the league and passing accuracy,” Farke said in his pre-Birmingham press conference on Monday. “It says a lot about our game. We are really good already so what we have to improve is our effectiveness.
“Birmingham could choose to press us high and surprise us. I'm full of respect for Aitor [Karanka]. He's experienced on this level and his teams are difficult to beat. They have one of the most experienced lineups in the league.
“These lads know what is important to win points in the Championship because they all have so much experience in so many battles.
“It will be important to find some solutions in order to open them and create chances.
“When we won the Championship, we had one goal wins and late draws - grinding out results is important. These moments are valuable, so that's why we were delighted with the win [against Rotherham]. I expect another tight and close game, hopefully with another good ending for us.”
As for Tuesday night’s starting lineup, Farke hinted that the Canaries won’t look too dissimilar to the side that beat Rotherham on Saturday, with rotation set to come into play more prominently later in the season.
“It's a quick turnaround but just the first week with this load, so it will be different in two weeks,” he said. “I don't think it's necessary to rotate too much at this stage of the season.
“What was right two years ago doesn't have to be the right answer in this situation now. At the beginning of the season, it's important not to rotate too much and allow players to come into their rhythm.
“The more you are successful, the more you can rotate. We have to have in mind the short summer break and pre-season, plus 46 league games and cup competitions within less time than two years ago. It will be important to rotate more to keep everyone fresh.”