We don’t want to be too hard on Aleksandar Mitrovic, but he did miss two golden opportunities in the first half last night – first of all when he was clean through with the score at 1-0 and then with a header which goalkeeper Ruddy saved well.
It was the first of many fine saves from the once capped England International goalkeeper.
It’s also true to say that Mitro hasn’t exactly had the best of luck since both efforts last night were on target – and he is coming into some form as he gets more games under his belt.
Dwight Gayle – came on late last night
But with Dwight Gayle finally making a return to the side last night late on, he looked sharp enough and in the coming two home games against Aston Villa and Bristol City maybe we will see Dwight get a start.
Certainly after gifting Norwich two goals through mistakes from Jamaal Lascelles and goalkeeper Karl Darlow, the lads fought like their lives depended on it and finally got a point, but if we had taken more of our chances in the second half we could have won it.
This is what Rafa said after the game about why Dwight didn’t start the game last night:
“He was fit to start the game but Aleksandar Mitrovic has been playing well and we had him on the bench.”
“It’s great news that he is back because he gives us something different up front and I thought he did well when he came on.”
Dwight did do well and that hamstring should now be fully healed and hopefully he can stay fit for the rest of the season.
Jamaal Lascelles showed his great temperament and character last night by scoring the equalizer, when he volleyed home brilliantly from a narrow angle on 81 minutes and then after that we had a couple or three chances to win the game but it was not to be.
It was a great game last night from two teams who both wanted to win the game and credit goes to both sides, including our lads who fought their hearts out for the cause.
You really cannot ask more than that from our players.
We do expect Dwight to start against Aston Villa on Monday night and Rafa will want to concentrate on defending and maybe some shooting practice during training before that game.
The good news is that we are still top of the league.