Of course, its a little bit strange to be talking about the Norwich City defence on the back of a 4-1 away defeat this past weekend. However, the reality of the situation is that its a strong back unit that is more likely to save the Canaries from relegation than what they offer going forward. Obviously, there is a bit of a creative license here because the team does need to score goals to win games. However, its certainly a point worth making that a strong defence means that the odd goal can often be enough to win games. A point that has already come true this season in certain games; this will be one of my usual slideshows featuring strong opinions and stats sourced from Who Scored. As we know, manager Chris Hughton was a defender during his playing career, and its probably fair to say that he values the defensive side of the game ahead of attacking brilliance. For this reason, Sundays defeat against Aston Villa will have hurt him deeply as his team took a 1-0 lead but were not able to defend their advantage. The fact that they leaked four goals means that he will be looking for a response, especially from his defensive players. So, lets get started and see what positives we can pick up on the defence this season
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