Now that was a performence right out of City's top draw , excellent throughout only Brad Friedel kept the scoreline level, it would have been no unjustice for City to have come 4-1 winners. While all the headlines go on about Spurs being poor and are winless, while they were poor, but how much of that is down to a City side never giving anything up and playing neat, slick football ?
You had to see the game to know that answer.
Hughton is rightly proud of his team and says so in an article on the club's site.
“I was proud of the performance"
He later adds something that I think all Norwich City supporters already knew and had witnessed many, many times before.
"What impressed me was that we never dropped our heads, kept searching for that equaliser and I don't think there will be anybody that feels we didn't deserve it when it came.”
This is what you get for playing to the squad's strength , putting them out in a system they know and clearly love playing in. If any evidence is needed that this set-up is City's best, just look at the last two games and compare them to the opening game. What a difference from basically the same players.
Is it a lesson learnt ? it isn't for me to say, but if it is, perhaps then AVB needs to look closely at it too.
Defoe was isolated and their midfield lacked anything creative, only when they went two up did they look anything near a threat. I would say John Ruddy has a comfortable afternoon dealing with what was bread and butter stuff, for the goal he was unsighted by the group of players.
It would be wrong to pick out any single player as it was a top team performence, but Snodgrass and Johnson did catch the eye that bit more, both could easily have had a brace apeice for their efforts. The defence is starting to have a look of being more settled, the more they play together the more solid they will become; good to see Barnett getting another crack.