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Canaries draw at home with Bristol City

23 September 2017

Norwich City stretched their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions with a 0-0 draw with Bristol City at Carrow Road.

Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann both missed fantastic opportunities in the first-half but a tight second half saw the match end goalless.

Daniel Farke made three changes from his starting eleven for last weekend’s win at Sheffield United. Harrison Reed earned a recall in place of Alex Tettey in holding midfield, with Marley Watkins and Mario Vrancic replacing Yanic Wildschut and James Maddison in the attacking midfield positions.

The Canaries started the better of the two sides and went close in the opening minutes when Vrancic’s through ball was curled just wide by Cameron Jerome.

However, the visitors enjoyed large periods of possession in the opening 20 minutes although guilt-edged chances were at a premium. Their best efforts came from Joe Bryan and Josh Brownhill who both missed the target from speculative, long range strikes.

Farke’s men seized back control of the game and went close on 26 minutes with the best chance of the first-half. Jerome did brilliantly to hold the ball up on the right and he found Vrancic in the box but the Bosnian’s effort cannoned back off the far post.

City had the ball in the net moments later but Jerome’s delicate header was ruled out for offside after Reed had nodded the ball back into danger.

On 38 minutes, the hosts really should have taken the lead. Jerome’s deflected cross fell kindly to Stiepermann in the six-yard box but he fired wide from a couple of yards with Robins’ keeper Frank Fielding closing him down.

Both sides exchanged efforts on goal at the start of the second half with Brownhill firing straight at Angus Gunn before Tom Trybull volleyed wide.

Vrancic had been in the thick of the action all game and, on 55 minutes, his weaving run earned City a free-kick on the edge of the box. Vrancic stepped up himself but his free-kick took a flick off the Bristol City wall and looped just over.

After City’s early second half control, the visitors came back into the match around 60 minutes in but rarely threatened Gunn in goal. Bryan probably had their best chance but he wasted it from a good position inside the City penalty area.

In reality, the second half lacked any real cutting edge from both sides and as the game ended 0-0, City were left ruing those missed opportunities in the first half.

Nonetheless, the draw extended the Canaries' unbeaten run to five games in all competitions and it earned them their fourth Championship clean sheet in a row.

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