If a reaction is what I called for following last week’s defeat at Newcastle, then Norwich City produced all the right answers as they returned to winning ways at the Molineux on Saturday evening.
That’s not to say City were at their fluid best, and at times Michael McGovern’s goal had a somewhat charmed life, but in grinding out the win, and holding onto a lead, Alex Neil’s side head into the international break pointing in the right direction once more.
On the night, goals from Cameron Jerome and an absolute beauty from Robbie Brady were enough, and it’s the former that has really impressed me so far this season.
Now it’s fair to say Jerome has his critics — and in my eyes he remains undervalued by many — but his start to the season has shown what a real asset he is to this football club.
It goes without saying he struggled in front of goal last season but as I’ve said before, Jerome brings so much more to the party.
First and foremost he is the focal point to Neil’s 4-2-3-1 formation, and I mean look how badly we missed him at Birmingham — holding up the ball and bringing others into play.
Not only that, his selflessness in the lone striker role gives City an edge. Even at 30 years of age, he still has the desire, the commitment and the fitness to tirelessly run the channels, chase down lost balls and hustle defenders.
And after rediscovering his goalscoring form, as he has done so far this season, for my money there’s no better striker in the division.
Tuesday night saw City’s Under 23s return to EFL Trophy action with a 5-0 win at Barnet. Now of course the competition is deeply flawed — and yes City did play a number of senior players — but those youngsters deserve unreserved credit for another impressive win.
Enjoy the weekend off!