Over the international break, I will be publishing an article on the importance of Karl Henry in Wanderers' new system. A very well appreciated and yet underrated component.
Going at barely anything less than 2 points a game, forget staying up, we're on an unstoppable charge now...
BWFC 2-1 Norwich City
04-11-2017 MoM: Karl Henry
An excellent, well carried-out plan that stifled a ponderous Canaries' side. Since the international break, Mr Parkinson has truly surprised and pleased me with his tactical flexibility and ability to create genuine strategic plans.
Early on, the expected pattern of play ensued. A possession-based Norwich passed and passed and passed for half an hour, no huge threat. A couple of Cameron Jerome sitters (obviously) but nothing else to show. This has been a theme of their season however the brilliance of Henry, Pratley, Wheater and Beevers as a middle block was brilliant. It's a style that suits Wanderers' personnel: little fish, big pond. Then, a well-worked move on the attacking inside-right led to Gary Madine with a genuine striker's finish, getting across the first man and, with real assurance, poking home. Moments later, the frustrating yet clearly talented Armstrong drove Madine's lay-off first time in off the post, a finish of aesthetic beauty.
A fairly incident-less second half was only interrupted by a Josh Murphy sitter and a well-created/taken Josh Murphy goal in the dying moments. Whilst watching, there was no major panic, no worry; a good, calm afternoon as a Trotters' fan. This, partly down to the Norwich inability to look remotely incisive, and the remarkable upturn in form of the home side.
Following the two weeks off post-Aston Villa, there has been a shift from a 3-5-2 with a midfield playing completely out of position as well as badly. Now, the addition of Karl Henry has gone onto show the positive improvements from Villa Park's performance in points. The tight, narrow defence that has the ability to offer attacking threats on either flank with Robinson and Little. Then there is a real platform offered by Pratley and Henry for the interchangeable, hard-working and talented three of Armstrong, Vela and Ameobi behind the superb Gary Madine.