Tettey shines as Norwich's unbeaten run continues

Norwich City

The midfielder has been a rock in Norwich's midfield, helping the defence become one of the most formidable in the league in recent weeks.

Although they lost 4-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the 6th October, there were plenty of positives for Norwich to take from that match, where their good performance was simply outshone by Chelsea in their early season pomp.

One of the best things that came from that game was the introduction of Alexander Tettey to their starting eleven, with the Norwegian midfielder an ever-present in their excellent Premier League run since that match.

After that game came an international break, during which time Norwich were apparently drilled into a defensive powerhouse, with Hughton taking advantage of many of his players remaining at the club in that period. The Norwich that emerged from the break have gone on a eight game unbeaten run the league, conceding only four goals in those matches.

Norwich have won all four of their home games in this run, beating Manchester United and Arsenal without conceding, and have drawn all of their away games, including at high-flying Everton.

Having conceded nine games in the two games before this run, their defence has clearly improved hugely, and although player's like Bassong deserve plenty of credit, Tettey's displays in the midfield have been a major part of this.

The 26 year old midfielder has provided an effective screen for the back four, and has also been an efficient passer at the base of Norwich's attacks. Key to their defensive success has been the greater control of the midfield that Tettey and Johnson have given them, with both their defenders and their forwards able to perform with more confidence as a result.

After the matches against Liverpool and Chelsea there was a fear Norwich could be in trouble this year, as they simply looked too porous to stay in games. The transformation in the Arsenal game that followed, and the matches since, has been incredibly impressive and Norwich look to be gaining more confidence going forward as a result of their new solidity, with their second goal against Sunderland one of the best of the season so far.

The defence deserve plenty of credit for their performances, but Tettey has been just as vital in the midfield, and he looks a better signing with each game that passes.

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