sport news Norwich 0-0 Wolves: Canaries continue their good run of form with a stalemate ...

sport news Norwich 0-0 Wolves: Canaries continue their good run of form with a stalemate ...
sport news Norwich 0-0 Wolves: Canaries continue their good run of form with a stalemate ...

Norwich couldn’t quite achieve three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time in nine years but there was nonetheless plenty of encouragement for Dean Smith.

His arrival has certainly galvanised things at Carrow Road and his team really should have beaten an under-powered Wolves here.

The most significant performer on the pitch was visiting keeper Jose Sa, who made crucial saves from Max Aarons and Teemu Pukki to ensure his side remained sixth in the table.

Max Aarons (centre) went close to giving Norwich the lead on the stroke of half-time

Max Aarons (centre) went close to giving Norwich the lead on the stroke of half-time

Considering that Norwich are second bottom, they played the superior football, exerted more meaningful pressure and created the better chances. Only their finishing let them down.

Indeed, the clearest chance for Wolves came from Norwich almost shooting themselves in the foot at the back.

But Smith always knew there was plenty to work on, both defensively and offensively, when he accepted the job. He will have learned plenty from this and also drawn optimism.

The home fans stood and applauded at the final whistle, appreciative of the effort those in yellow had put in.

Back-to-back wins over Brentford and Southampton had certainly bolstered confidence around Carrow Road and Norwich seized the early initiative.

Smith hadn’t tinkered too much from last Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Saints, making just the one change with Todd Cantwell replaced by Josh Sargent.

MATCH FACTS & RATINGS

Norwich City (4-3-3): Krul 6; Aarons 6, Hanley (c) 6, Gibson 6, Williams 6.5; McLean 6.5, Normann 6 (Rupp 35, 7), Gilmour 7; Sargent 7 (Tzolis 68, 6), Pukki 6, Rashica 7 (Dowell 82)

Substitutes not used: Gunn (GK); Cantwell, Lees-Melou, Giannoulis, Idah, Omobamidele

Manager: Dean Smith 7

Booked: Gilmour, Gibson

Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): Sa 8; Kilman 7, Coady (c) 7.5, Saiss 7; Semedo 6 (Dendoncker 76), Neves 6.5, Moutinho 6.5, Ait-Nouri 7; Trincao 6 (Traore 68, 6), Jimenez 6, Hwang 6 (Hoever 90+2)

Substitutes not used: Moulden (GK), Ruddy (GK); Marcal, Silva, Cundle

Manager: Bruno Lage 6

Booked: Neves, Semedo

Referee: Simon Hooper 7

Attendance: 26,911

Man of the Match: Jose Sa (Wolves)

 

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