The dust has settled on our Championship curtain-raiser at Huddersfield Town and we’ve had time to assess the opening day win.
The three points mattered more than anything, but a clean sheet and away win to end a losing run came courtesy of the six following factors.
Idah’s instant impact
Introduced to the pitch alongside Przemyslaw Placheta in the 75th minute, it didn’t take long for Adam Idah, fresh off the back of making his senior debut for Republic of Ireland, to make an impression.
Idah looked lively during the minutes he played throughout Project Restart last season, but it was at Huddersfield where the forward got his first league goal for the club.
With Daniel Farke later revealing that Idah hadn’t had the best week in training, our number 35 certainly re-paid his manager’s faith with the game’s winning goal in the 81st minute.
Selfless Teemu Pukki
Of course, Idah’s goal wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of striker partner Teemu Pukki, who showed admirable selflessness to create the goal.
After latching onto Richard Stearman’s poor back pass, Pukki raced one-on-one with Terriers ‘keeper Ben Hamer. He got into the kind of position most strikers would shoot from but, recognising his counterpart had even more of the goal to aim at, Teemu did the right thing.
A little dummy sold Huddersfield defender Christopher Schindler, creating the room for the pass to Idah, with the latter getting clattered for his troubles after putting the ball into the roof of the net.
Przemyslaw Placheta’s pace
While not directly involved in the goal, take a look at substitute Placheta’s pace in the footage and question whether it’s been tampered with!
The summer signing darted down the left, leaving his opposite number for dead and getting himself in the right place to capitalise should Idah fail to convert.
Attitude of the squad
With such a large squad of players available for selection by Daniel Farke, our head coach has the best kind of selection headache a manager could ask for.
But his task is made even better when those who aren’t on the pitch show the right kind of attitude, spirit and togetherness to support those who are.
Such was the case with the likes of Ben Gibson, Alex Tettey and Jordan Hugill, according to Daniel Farke, with Hugill going over to congratulate both Idah and Pukki at the end of the game.
Skipp’s solid showing
How have we got this far without mentioning the man of the match? Oliver Skipp oozed class at the John Smith’s Stadium, with impressive statistics to back up his passing of the eye test.
Not only did he look cool and calm under pressure inside our own 18-yard-box, Skipp also completed 93 percent of the passes he attempted inside Huddersfield’s half.
He also drew more fouls than any other Norwich player, showcasing his ability to break up play and win set-pieces.
Quintilla’s special deliveries
Slotting in at left-back following the recent departure of Jamal Lewis, summer signing Xavi Quintilla put crosses into the box time and time again.
He totalled 12 crosses in the end, and while it could be argued that Daniel Farke’s typical style of play doesn’t suit aerial deliveries into the box, they still ask questions of the defenders and create potential opportunities for those around them.
It was an impressive display from all in yellow and green, but Quintilla was one of the handful to stand out.