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City end pre-season with Seagulls draw

29 July 2017

Daniel Farke's first game in charge at Carrow Road ended in stalemate as Norwich City rounded off their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Premier League new boys Brighton on Saturday.

As has been the case throughout the Canaries' warm-up games this summer, Farke's side showed flexibility with their approach by adopting an initial 3-5-2 formation to face The Seagulls.

With James Husband and Yanic Wildschut acting as wing-backs and Harrison Reed shielding the defence, James Maddison and Mario Vrancic were allowed relative freedom in the middle.

Such fluidity proved troublesome for Brighton in the early stages as the hosts' movement allowed them to try their luck on a number of occassions; most notably through Vrancic's audacious lob from 40 yards. 

Their strong start came without reward however, and instead they fell behind midway through the opening period when Pascal Gross rose to flick home a cross from the right.

Responding well, City again assumed a sense of relative control as the half wore on, deservedly levelling three minutes before the break through a fine Marley Watkins effort.

Collecting a pass from strike-partner Cameron Jerome outside the area, the former Barnsley forward set himself before crashing home a rasping drive off the underside of the bar.

A steady start to the second half went close to being punctuated moments before the hour-mark, when a slick City move culminated in Husband going down in the box after moving inside from the left.

No foul was seen by the referee though after good work from Wildschut on the right, with Head Coach Farke expressing his frustration at the lack of decision from the sidelines.

The match remained largely without major action until eight minutes from time, substitute Nelson Oliveira going within inches of a winner when he whipped a sublime effort off the post from distance.

Despite ending strongly, the Canaries couldn't find an elusive second goal with their next test an even more meaningful one - the Sky Bet Championship opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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