It was a case of practice makes perfect for Kieran Dowell as he fired home a free kick from 20 yards out to give Norwich City a 1-0 win over Derby County.
The attacking midfielder, who had previously spent a time on loan at Pride Park, says that he has been working hard on his free kick taking in training and was delighted to see his 21st-minute effort go over the wall and into the top corner of David Marshall’s net.
“I was buzzing,” he said. “I have not scored a free kick in a while, so it was nice. I practice them a lot, so it is nice when it pays off in a game.”
Speaking about the discussion between himself and Emi Buendia before he fired home the effort, Dowell added: “It was sorted that I take it on that side because it suited a left footer better, it was whether he did what he (Emi Buendia) did with Kenny (McLean) the other night with a little roll. I think he wanted another assist, but I was happy to see it go in.”
Despite taking the lead midway through the first half, Norwich City did have to defend for large parts of the second period and Dowell was full of praise for the work of the players behind the front four to allow them to hold onto the advantage.
“Skipp (Oliver Skipp) and Kenny (McLean) were brilliant at keeping the attacks alive and recycling the ball when we lost it,” he said. “So they are great to play in front of and it gives us a licence to go and express ourselves. The whole back four and Tim (Krul) were also so solid and deserved their clean sheet today.”