I missed the first 25 minutes, including their goal, so can only comment on what I watched on iFollow and I saw a very competent Championship side trying to break down a poor League one side. And we were the former! Someone on Twitter pointed out that a little under 12 months ago we watched teams like Oldham do the same to us that Norwich did yesterday.
For me that speaks volumes. We're no longer the newbies in this league, where opponents think they'll get an easy three points. We've arrived on the Championship map. Teams, who two years ago were in the Premier League, are so shit scared of us they come for the draw then put 11 men behind the ball and waste time when they manage to sneak a goal and go one up.
The reason we had so many shots (and possession) but so few on target was because we couldn't break them down. We camped on the edge of their box and some of our passing was exquisite. But we lacked that final ball. Too often crosses hit the first defender or were too close to the keeper. Several times we got to the byline then chose the wrong ball into the six yard box. I think this was mostly down to a lack of targets in the box (as everyone else has already said).
But, to be fair, when you're playing your 6th choice striker who is only 50% fit, can you really expect anymore? We're going to come up against tactics like this at BDTBL a lot more often now teams are aware of our quality.
I for one see this as a positive. There's no way this team is going to be anywhere near trouble come next May. So the only way is forward in my view. As CW finds his feet, he and Knill will work out ways to counter such negative play. We'll still have games where we can't break down the opposition (FFS, let's not forget England vs Iceland!) but as long as these are few and far between we'll be alright.
Now next week will be a different proposition. There's no way the grunters will play negatively in front of their own fans, even if they went one or two up. It'll be a much more open, flowing game played at 100mph, which I think will definitely suit us.
Now if I was a Norwich fan, I'd be very pleased with those 3 points yesterday, because they're going to be rare for them this year. I'd rather be us and have lost that yesterday, than be them and have a dismal season ahead. UTB!
PS. agree with Lings. There is a growing minority of Blades' fans who are absolute dickheads. I raised this fact last year after seeing us disrespect several away grounds and fans. This year it seems to have taken on a more sinister, violent edge. Find them, ban them, and move on.