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In Focus: Sunderland

11 August 2017

Daniel Farke will take charge of his first home Sky Bet Championship fixture this Sunday when his City side host Sunderland at Carrow Road.

The Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League last season after a ten year stay in the top-flight and have added former City strikers Lewis Grabban and James Vaughan to their squad for upcoming season.

Here’s our guide to a tough first league assignment of the season for Farke and his men.

Summer signings
Once relegation was confirmed before the climax of last season, it appeared inevitable that Sunderland would lose a host of key players.

And as the opening of the transfer window approached, supporter’s worst fears became a reality as the Club lost top scorer Jermain Defoe and young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

However the transfer of Pickford to Everton, for a fee of £30 million, ensured there was a substantial sum of money available for Sunderland to spend.

The Black Cats board haven’t splashed the cash as they probably would have liked, but they’ve still brought in a number of players to strengthen their squad.

Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway (pictured) have joined on loan from Everton whilst former City striker Grabban has also moved on a temporary basis from Bournemouth.

The experienced Aiden McGeady joined on a permanent basis, also from Everton, with goalkeeper Jason Steele and Vaughan joining from League One.

Sunderland’s latest signing, goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter from Dutch side Utrecht, made it seven new faces through the door at the Stadium of Light.

Classic match
City may have been relegated from the Premier League after the 2013-14 season but their home match with Sunderland featured one of the most memorable goals ever scored by a Norwich City player.

It was March 2014 and both the Canaries and the Black Cats desperately needed points if they were to stay in the top-flight. City took an early lead on 20 minutes through Robert Snodgrass before a moment of magic from midfielder Alex Tettey set the Canaries on their way to, what seemed at the time, a crucial three points.

Wes Hoolahan’s cross was headed away at the front post by John O’Shea but only as far as Tettey who left fly on the volley. The ball pinged off the Norwegian’s right boot and flew into the far corner, sending the Carrow Road support into raptures.

Canary connections
With the departure of Jermain Defoe, Sunderland had to bolster their attacking options and Grayson decided to choose two former City strikers as his source of goals this season.

Vaughan and Grabban (both pictured) have both had spells at Carrow Road and will be in contention to feature for the Black Cats on Sunday.

Other notable connections between the two sides are Steve Bruce, the former Norwich City defender who managed the Wearside-club between 2009 and 2011, and Martin O’Neill who has managed both clubs and played for the Canaries during the 1980s.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Jason Steele, Mika Domingues, Robbin Ruiter, Max Stryjek.
Defenders: Billy Jones, Bryan Oviedo, Papy Djilobodji, Brendan Galloway, John O’Shea, Tyias Browning, Adam Matthews, Donald Love, Lamine Kone.
Midfielders: Paddy McNair, Lee Cattermole, Jack Rodwell, Wahbi Khazri, Didier Ndong, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson, George Honeyman, Lynden Gooch, Ethan Robson, Elliot Embleton.
Forwards: James Vaughan, Lewis Grabban, Duncan Watmore, Josh Maja, Joel Asoro.

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Norwich suffer first defeat

13 August 2017

City went down to a 3-1 defeat at Carrow Road after a clinical display from visitors Sunderland.

Norwich controlled much of the game, but they were left to rue missed opportunities while Sunderland capitalised on the chances they created after soaking up pressure and hitting City on the break.

There was just one change to City's starting XI from the draw at Craven Cottage, with Steven Naismith returning to replace Mario Vrancic, who dropped to the bench.

It was a bright start for the Canaries, with Marley Watkins and Cameron Jerome in particular combining well. Sunderland were content to sit back, with former Canary Lewis Grabban having two sniffs – his first effort blocked by Husband before shooting into the side netting under pressure from Marcel Franke.

Fifteen minutes in, City had penalty appeals waved away as Yanic Wildschut appeared to have his shirt tugged in the area. Shortly afterwards Jerome had the ball in the net, but he was narrowly offside from Steven Naismith's through-ball.

With Norwich upping the pressure, Watkins and Russell Martin combined well but the captain’s drive was saved by Jason Steele.

Against the run of play, the ball somehow found its way through to Grabban, who finished calmly past Angus Gunn to put the visitors 1-0 up.

City didn’t panic after that, building patiently from midfield but Sunderland were content to keep 11 men behind the ball when out of possession.

Just after half-time Franke should have done better with a headed opportunity from a James Maddison free-kick but it drifted wide.

Norwich once against started to control the game, and their dominant possession was almost rewarded when Maddison’s corner was nodded past the post by Martin with Jerome better placed behind him.

With 30 minutes remaining, Sunderland punished City again with a fine finish from McGeady, who found the corner of the net from outside the area.

Farke immediately made his first change of the afternoon, with Josh Murphy replacing Wildschut on the right. Nelson Oliveira came on for Jerome shortly afterwards as City changed to four at the back as they tried to force their way back into the game.

City threatened from a corner, but Franke’s glancing header went just wide of Steele’s far post. Again Norwich were immediately punished, with a left-wing cross from Aiden McGeady headed home by Grabban for his second of the game.

Just after Wes Hoolahan’s introduction for Naismith, City had a sniff after Grabban bundled into his own net from a whipped in Maddison free-kick with 12 minutes remaining.

Once again Norwich upped the pressure, with James Husband’s curled effort brilliantly saved by Steele, and Martin’s drive from the rebound striking the post.

With City dominating again, Oliveira made room for himself to shoot but his tame effort from 20 yards was comfortable for Steele. A cross from the right from Hoolahan was volleyed goalwards by Watkins but it was blocked as it appeared to be flying in.

Despite the pressure, City couldn’t find another way through and Farke suffered his first defeat in charge of Norwich.

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Limited number of Sunderland tickets on sale

9 August 2017

There's a limited number of tickets available for City's first home league match of the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship season against Sunderland on Sunday.

Tickets are priced at £33 for adults, £23 for 65+, £18 for U18s and £10 for U12s.

To purchase tickets, phone 0844 826 1902, visit the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Chapelfield or Castle Mall or go online HERE.

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