City boss Daniel Farke says Bolton Wanderers will pose different problems to Wolverhampton Wanderers but is targeting three points in Saturday’s clash.
Bolton are four points off the relegation zone after picking up a vital 1-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday evening, and Farke expects them to provide tough opposition.
“It’s a different topic to the last games where we’ve played really strong sides near the top of the table,” Farke said at Friday’s press conference. “We face a team fighting against relegation – it’s not an easier task, but it’s different. Bolton have an experienced squad with many players over 30.
“They come with a win against Sunderland, and for that they are in a pretty good position. So they can come to Norwich knowing that a point would be good in their fight against relegation, but I’m sure they’ll be looking for three points. They can concentrate on good defending and being aggressive to defend their goal, so we are really respectful of them.”
While the Canaries’ away form has been excellent this season, Farke says he wants to continue the upturn in form at Carrow Road. City have lost only once at home since the turn of the year, but the boss is targeting an improvement.
“We have to be really concentrated but our aim is clear: we want to win this game,” Farke said. “We want to go on with our good form and have even more consistency in our home games.
“Recently we’ve had wins against Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Middlesbrough and a late equaliser against Ipswich, so our home performances are improving and we need to keep that going.
“Patience is an important topic for tomorrow, and finding a good balance. We have to do our defence stuff well and control the counter attacks and the balls to Sammy Ameobi. In our offence we have to be patient to keep the ball but also be greedy to score.”
Saturday’s game is City’s third in six matches, and Farke says the performances of Marley Watkins and Dennis Srbeny, as well as Nelson Oliveira’s dramatic late equaliser at Wolves, means rotating the squad worked well.
“I was really content with Dennis and Marley,” says Farke. “It was not so easy to come into the squad in an away game at Wolves. For his first appearance I think Dennis was pretty solid – you could feel he was a bit nervous in the beginning but he worked a lot and was good with the headers and saved the ball, and worked a lot for the whole team.
“It was important for him to have a first start, and he was able to exhaust the Wolves defence, and then it was good to have a recreated Nelson to come on and finish Dennis’s work.
“I was also pleased with Marley because there was a lot of pressure on him. Since I criticised him he’s been really, really good and disciplined in training, and I got the feeling he deserved to be in the starting line-up. For his first game for several weeks it was really, really good.”