Norwich is still breaking season records after their stunning promotional campaign…but this time it’s for all the wrong reasons as they are staring down the course of ANOTHER instant relegation
- Norwich have lost their first five Premier League games of the current campaign
- Daniel Farke’s side is at the bottom and could face another relegation this year
- The Canaries have lost a record 15 consecutive top matches on the bounce
- Daniel Farke’s men’s record is an English top record for one manager
Just like last season, records are tumbling for Norwich City. But now it’s for the wrong reasons.
Daniel Farke’s Canaries won the championship last season, but now the perennial yo-yo club is back in the Premier League and staring at the course of an immediate relegation.
Five defeats to start the season and, including the end of their last peak season, it’s 15 Premier League defeats in the nick of time.
Daniel Farke becomes the first manager to lose 15 consecutive games in England’s top flight
Norwich lost its first five league games this season after a 3-1 loss to Watford
NORTH (4-3-3): curl 7; Aarons 6, Hanley 5, Kabak 5, Williams 6; Gilmour 6, Normann 6.5 (Cantwell 70min, 6), McLean 6; Rashica 6.5 (Idah 88), Pukki 7, Sargent 7 (Tzolis 70, 6).
Scorer: Pukki 35.
Manager: Daniel Farke6.
WATFORD (4-3-3): commit 6.5; Femenia 6 (Ngakia 59, 6), Cathcart 5, Troost-Ekong 6, Rose 5; Cleverley 7 (Etebo 83), Kucka 6, Sissoko 6.5; Sarr 8, King 7, Dennis 7 (Sema 73, 6).
Scorers: Dennis 17, Sarr 63, 80.
Manager: Xisco Munoz7.
Referee: Robert Jones5.
That is an English top record for one manager. And they are now the fifth team to lose their first five games.
Of the previous four, two managed to survive, most recently Crystal Palace in 2017-18, who sacked Frank De Boer after a nightmare of seven consecutive defeats.
It could be a false hope for Norwich. Without chief Emi Buendia, now at Aston Villa, they look a team unhappy in the final third. And early appearances were riddled with defensive weaknesses.
“We don’t feel sorry for ourselves, we need to roll up our sleeves and work on this,” said Farke after fellow newly promoted Watford won comfortably at Carrow Road on Saturday, with an Ismaila Sarr double and a goal for Emmanuel Dennis.
Norwich will almost certainly stay with Farke, who recently played his 200th game with the club.
His goal, set by football director Stuart Webber, is to be in ‘the top 26 of English football’ — at least the second-rank promotion spots.
They do that easily, but taking the next step in the top 17 or so is difficult for a well-run club that lives within its means and is constantly producing and selling stars for a lot of money. Buendia is the latest to go after the recent sale of Ben Godfrey, James Maddison and Jamal Lewis.
In all fairness, they have so far played against three of the so-called ‘Big Six’ and FA Cup winners Leicester.
Without creator-in-chief Emi Buendia, now at Aston Villa, they look unhappy in the final third
The Canaries are judged on matches against teams like Watford and on this occasion Xisco Munoz’s team was much better.
Contrary to Norwich’s sales policy, Watford kept their star man Sarr and he arranged this match, dazzlingly through. “Sarr was very good,” Xisco said. “But the whole team matured and controlled the game. It’s perfect because it’s a step forward.’
Pronouncing the adjective ‘perfect’, the Spaniard Xisco displayed a cheeky grin, proud of his improving English. Perhaps perfection was a step too far, but after winning this relegation six-pointer early in the season, Xisco and the Hornets are rightly buzzing.
Contrary to Norwich’s sales policy, Watford kept their star man Ismaila Sarr and he established the match