The partnership that can keep Norwich in the Premier League

Norwich City

After an impressive result against Manchester City on Saturday, this defensive partnership can help to maintain Norwich’s Premier League status.

Joseph Yobo made his debut for Norwich on Saturday afternoon, partnering Sebastien Bassong in defence as the Canaries shut out top-scoring Manchester City.

Yobo joined the club on loan from Fenerbahce at the end of January and the 33-year-old will hope to play a key part in Norwich’s survival bid.

The Nigerian defender came in for Ryan Bennett on Saturday, as Bennett is still struggling with a thigh injury, but Yobo impressed alongside Bassong in their first game together.

They limited City to just two shots on target, with Yobo making seven clearances alone.

They were dominant in the air, as City were only able to find a man with 4 of their 14 corners, and the unlikely clean sheet earned will be give Chris Hughton’s team a huge lift.

Sebastien Bassong has been a key part of the side all season, making 20 appearances, playing every minute of the last 13 games.

The Cameroon international is the team captain, and leads by example more often than not. The 27-year-old has picked up just one booking all season, and is averaging seven clearances per game.

Bassong’s leadership with Yobo’s experience will be vital for Norwich, as they look to move away from the relegation zone.

Norwich currently sit in 16th place, just two points above the relegation zone, as the bottom half of the table remains incredibly tight.

The Canaries have kept three clean sheets in their last five now, and have only conceded five times in their six league games in 2014.

And Hughton’s side have plenty of big games coming up, starting with a trip to West Ham on Tuesday night.

They still have to play six teams currently in the bottom half of the table and they will need to pick up points in these games, as the run-in looks daunting for Norwich.

Norwich end the season with fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and host Arsenal on the final day.

Hughton will know that his side must look to have secured safety before the start of May, starting with a vital game at West Ham tomorrow evening.


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