Don’t Believe The Hype Ignore The Sound Keep Your Feet On The Ground These are sentences that Norwich City players and supporters will hear a lot about over the coming months

Cardiff boss Neil Harris had one more attempt at greasing the leaders ahead of a Boxing Day fight at Watford that would leave City frustrated and instantly desperate to prove it was just a slip up

“I think Norwich is a leader in the league this year from what I saw the other day,” Harris said, asking for his thoughts on the Bluebirds 2-0 loss on Carrow Road before Christmas before a 2-3 home defeat to Brentford on Saturday

“I thought they were better than Leeds last year The praise Leeds received last year was immense – I think Norwich is better than what I’ve seen I saw her over the weekend, but also her last five games “

They may have been real words, but that was the result of the Canary Islands suddenly taking the lead at the championship summit and turning out to be the leader of a strong pack and setting a nice big goal on their backs. The season is even halfway through achieved

Daniel Farke’s strong squad is gradually recovering from an injury crisis and now they can be shot at Their rivals agree that they are pouring the praise in the hope that a group of players will generate too much confidence and complacency that clearly always had the potential to be a promotion squad after relegation

So much so that new manager Xisco Munoz took few risks when one of the other teams that had been relegated from the Premier League took on City on Boxing Day

The Spanish ex-Valencia winger, who recently led Dinamo Tbilisi to the Georgia title, opted for a good old-fashioned 4-4-2 formation, made defensive strength a priority and gambled on the offensive assets he had right now had inherited a target to find the counterattack

Mixed with the excitement of the players trying to impress their new manager, it turned out to be a wise line-up that defeated Norwich enough to deny Teemu Pukki the place and the attacking midfield triumvirate of Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell and Emi Buendia largely narrow down hopeful long shots
City had 65 percent possession and 16 shots on Watford’s five, but it was a physically strong home team that had the best chances of the game The nasty threat posed by £ 30 million winger Ismaila Sarr gave Jacob Sorensen a hot evening as he continued as cover on his left back

Farke has already stated several times that the expectations differ significantly from those two years ago. That the Canarian fans were so disappointed to lose only 1-0 to an undoubted promotion rival shows how well they have been since the shaky opening weeks of the campaign have started

When even the better teams in the division line up to thwart rather than dictate, that is an affirmation of the attacking threat that group poses

Perhaps this incoherent advertisement marks the end of a chapter, the beginning of the next part of this championship adventure

People like Tim Krul, Ben Gibson, Xavi Quintilla, Lukas Rupp, Przemek Placheta and Jordan Hugill all hope to be able to push for starting positions soon. Sam Byram, Onel Hernandez and Adam Idah also hope to be back in the mix next month / p>

This season is perhaps more of a squad match than any other Sorensen, Michael McGovern, Christoph Zimmermann and Josh Martin all played a big role in the recent rise to the top of the table, which has raised expectations. Now maybe fresh legs and heads can get the baton pick up and let the yellow and green machines drive towards the finish line

The fact that Farke – apart from a further drop in injuries – has to deal with some selection problems before this week’s home games against QPR and Barnsley brings with it a different dynamic than the relative comfort of still having a four point lead and definitely from 2021 to start championship guide

City is still just above this magical mark of an average of two points per game and has just as many points (43) as the eventual title winners from 2018-19 after 21 games

They are also preparing to play against a struggling QPR team that has only scored one win in the last eleven games and only two goals in the last six games. For weeks, Canary Islands fans have been hoping their team will have one Makes a statement to finally win a game comfortably

That hope continues despite that frustrating defeat, thanks to the belief built in just two defeats in the last 17 games that is more than just results, however, City still played by their style and dominated a promotion rival Their assault arsenal just didn’t quite fire

Teams have a good idea of ​​what to expect from the leaders now, but can enough of them stop Norwich when they’re in full swing? Watford worked extremely hard for their three points but put a lot of fire on the fire for the return to Carrow Road action this week

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