A Lacklustre and abysmal Norwich lost yet again to a class Luton side at Carrow Road which sees the Canaries sink to 6th with all of the other teams yet to play this game week.
Norwich went into the game needing to pick up the 3 points as they have been extremely poor in the past 2 games losing to Preston and Watford and then not winning in 5 games going into this game. Norwich went into the game with a worrying number of injuries losing Andrew Omobamadele and Sam Byram after the Watford game and then during the game Norwich lost Josh Sargent to injury which just puts Norwich in more of sorry state going into extremely important period in the season.
Luton then came into the game wanting to keep their defensive away record and after beating QPR in their previous game. Luton made 3 changes their team for this game which saw them give a debut to Alfie Doherty who has had a unlucky start to the season with his injury luck.
Norwich started off like they usually do with them dominating the ball for the opening few minutes of the game but like in recent games the opposition seems to be the first game to get the shot off and it was Luton who went closest when Fred Onyedinma flashed a ball across the face of the goal missing a player by inches and then Former Canary Carlton Morris then did something similar with the same results.
Norwich again tried to keep the ball but with Luton Letting Norwich keep the ball and sitting back defending well and then they made some promising counter attacks which have been shut out by the Norwich defence.
Josh Sargent had the first real shot on target when he had a shot from the edge of the box and it stung the Luton keeper Ethan Horvarth hands but was a comfortable save. Pukki also had a chance on goal but he fired over the bar after sloppy passing from Luton allowed the counter attack.
Norwich went into half time a little worried with very poor play in the final third they had a number of chances to score but the last pass always let them down and players distinct inability to keep the ball whilst under any amount of pressure. Norwich also made a change which saw Joint top-scorer in the league Josh Sargent come off after a knock he took in the first half he look in a lot of discomfort and he was replaced by Todd Cantwell.
After just 10 minutes of the 2nd half Norwich seemed to do what they usually do keep the ball very well but never go anywhere with it. Norwich went closest which saw a deflect Aaron Ramsey shot hit the crossbar.
After that the game change drastically suddenly Luton had found space in between the Norwich midfield and defence and were running rings around them. Then Carlton Morris found himself running towards the Norwich defence he turned one player on the edge of the box and placed the ball perfectly into the bottom corner to but Luton ahead.
Then just five minutes after that Norwich had a corner attacking Barclay End and the ball was crossed in by Sara but almost immediately the ref blew his whistle and then brandished a red card whilst the players gathered in the box and after seeing the replay their can be no arguments that Kenny Mclean deserved the red card after seeing his arm go towards the face of the Luton player. This left Norwich on the back foot 10 men now and made a win near on impossible.
This game just made Norwich fans growing increasingly frustrated with the team and the management after yet another poor showing and quite frankly seemed to me like not one of them cared out about the badge on the front and they just thought of the name on the back. A lot of opportunities went a miss due to individuals selfishness to pass the ball or not passing the ball at the right time. Norwich fans are also getting extremely angry about the poor tactics by the management and one of the most obvious ones is Josh Sargent playing as a left winger when he has explicitly said and also shown through goals that he is a lot better down the middle of the pitch.
Norwich now face their biggest tests of the season in the next week with them facing Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and Then going to league leaders Burnley on Tuesday if Norwich do not pick up atleast three points from those games the already toxic atmosphere at Carrow Road will become even worse.