Last night (26 September 2012), Norwich City defeated Doncaster Rovers 1-0. Many fans may have expected more goals before the game, but this was a professional performance by the Premier League side.
The Canaries dominated and controlled the game for long periods with only occasional nervous moments at the other end. An impressive achievement considering this was an entirely new starting team to the one that played against Newcastle United.
Nevertheless, Doncaster is a League One side, and Norwich must have expected a comfortable win whatever side had played. But cup defeats to lower league sides have been a regular occurrence for Norwich fans over the years, especially when a so-called weakened side is selected. Therefore, the achievement should not be underestimated.
One of the main reasons that the Canaries looked so comfortable, throughout the match, was the performance from Alexander Tettey in central midfield. The Norwegian international played in a holding midfield role for the majority of the match, and he looked a class apart whenever he was on the ball.
It was a complete midfield performance, where he showed superb composure, distribution, tacking, and exemplary finishing ability to score his goal. What was really impressive about his performance was the way he dominated and the calmness he showed on the ball.
The Canaries have plenty of options in midfield, but I feel that Tettey might be a cut above the rest. This is something that isn't a massive surprise considering he is an international player, a sign that the club are now able to recruit better quality players.
It will be very important for the East Anglian side to dominate the midfield area this season, and it looks as if Tettey could hold the key to doing that. It seems strange to think of a defensive midfielder's goal-scoring ability, but if his strike against Doncaster is typical of the sort of thing he can produce, then Norwich City fans are in for a treat this season.
However, the player may offer the sort of versatility to Norwich City that Yaya Toure offers to Manchester City. After all, the Canaries do have the likes of David Fox and Bradley Johnson that could play alongside him.
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