Norwich City have been impressive since David Wagner's arrival, but it's hard to argue against the statistics.

The Canaries have conceded more goals from individual errors than any other Championship team this season, and it's becoming a problem opposition sides are beginning to target.

Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray admitted as much after his team won 1-0 at Carrow Road on Sunday, revealing that he set up to press and highlighting this weakness.

While the former Ipswich defender was very honest in his assessment, I don't think he's revealed anything we didn't already know about this team or its style.

If you want to pass out from the back, there is always an element of risk involved, and plenty of teams will and have set up in a similar way to Mowbray.

Wagner isn't going to change his approach, however, and he's rightfully been getting a lot of praise for it.

His points per game record still stands at 1.9, and there's a reason he plays the way he does. What he's got to weigh up is whether Norwich's build-up play is better than the opposition's press.

There have been mistakes, but the German isn't going to change his style, because he believes in it and its ability to make this team successful. It's been a slow progression, but over the piece it's hard to complain.

He's not going to rip up the way he plays because of what an opposition manager says in a press conference after a game - far from it. It'll be more of the same, but trying to do things better.

The Pink Un: Wagner has discussed the need for his side to focus on themselves.Wagner has discussed the need for his side to focus on themselves. (Image: PA)

Norwich looked incredibly open at times on Sunday, but that's the way they play, and it's one of those situations where you have to put trust in the head coach.

Most Norwich fans I know have been encouraged by what they've seen under Wagner, and the results have been impressive given the task he was given when he came to Norfolk in January.

They've got to now focus on bouncing back against Huddersfield this evening. I've said plenty of times this season that we usually get too high after a win and too low after a loss. Football is almost always somewhere in the middle.

That applies to the weekend as well. I don't think Wagner should give up his principles and I don't think he will.

There was always going to be a dilemma for the 51-year-old, because he ultimately got the job as a result of a poor period under Dean Smith.

All managers go into games with their own plan and philosophy for how they'll out-play the opposition. Mowbray targeted the playing out from the back, others may try alternative methods.

As Wagner has said often since his appointment, the focus has to be on what his team can do, independent of those attempts from others. They've got to work on improving at what they want to do themselves, and doing that consistently.

I really like how open the head coach is about much of that work still needs to be done, because the bigger picture is still one of a club that wants to sustain itself in the Premier League.

We all know they're miles away from that at present, and the levels have often been nowhere near this season, so that realism is refreshing. There was no bullish excitement after the 3-2 win over Millwall, and there won't be resignation after a frustrating weekend.

What Wagner and his team are focused on is winning the next game, and that's what will give them the best chance of earning the play-off place they so crave.

And you can be sure they'll attempt it in their trademark style, because Wagner won't alter from the principles that have got him this far.


The Pink Un: Sutton is a fan of Neil Warnock, who the Canaries face this evening.Sutton is a fan of Neil Warnock, who the Canaries face this evening. (Image: PA)

I love Neil Warnock. He's announced his retirement about 15 times, and yet I don't think it was a surprise to any of us that he came back in at Huddersfield!

I love that hunger for the game, and he's had a brilliant career in management. He'll be absolutely desperate to keep the Terriers in the Championship, and I actually think he will.

He's a clever guy, and at 74 you can't question his commitment to the job. With some of his antics, I can understand why he might get under the skin of opposition managers, but I think that may be part of the charm.

Of course, the man in that opposite dugout this evening will be David Wagner, whose time at the John Smith's hopefully foreshadows what could happen at Norwich.

It's worth remembering, however, that his success in Yorkshire came after an initial adjustment period, and that may be what's required at Carrow Road given his mid-season arrival.

All Wagner will be focused on is how to get three points at his former home ground, but Warnock won't give them up easily.

I played against his Notts County team once when I was a young player, winning 3-0 in the FA Cup. I scored twice on that day, so perhaps that's why I have such fond memories of the former Cardiff boss, but I have worked with him since in the media.

He's always a personality, and he might be one of the only guys who's even more miserable than me, which I quite enjoy! I'm sure he'll finish this job, retire and then find a nice new job midway through next season!

I suppose it's fair to say I've got a little bit of a soft spot for him, even if his side are standing in the way of three vital points for City this evening!