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City pick up a point in 1-1 draw at Griffin Park

1 January 2019

Norwich came from behind to pick up a point at Griffin Park in a 1-1 draw with Brentford.

The hosts took the lead in the first half after centre-back Julian Jeanvier nodded home from a corner 22 minutes in, with Norwich struggling to get a shot at goal.

City came out fighting in the second half looking the more dangerous of the two sides, and went level in the 83rd minute with a Timm Klose header.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting eleven and bench from the side who faced Derby County at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Norwich won a free-kick on the left two minutes into the game after Mario Vrancic was fouled, but his cross deflected off the Brentford wall and out for a throw in.

The Bees were awarded a free-kick of their own on the counter after Ben Godfrey brought down former Canary Sergi Canos. Julian Jeanvier took the kick, but his effort was headed away from danger by Teemu Pukki.

Norwich had their first chance seven minutes in after Onel Hernandez won the ball in the Brentford half and found Vrancic in the box, but his low effort just rolled wide of the goal.

City appealed for a penalty after Pukki latched on to a nice ball through from Marco Stiepermann just after the 10 minute mark. The Finnish striker made the run between two Brentford defenders and was brought to the ground, but the referee waved to play on.

Norwich momentarily went down to 10-men after Stiepermann went off and into the dugout after requiring treatment on the pitch, but was replaced a short time later by Tom Trybull.

Brentford’s first real chance came with a driving effort from Neal Maupay 20 yards out, but it went a couple of feet wide of the post. However it wasn’t long before they took the lead, with Julian Jeanvier heading home a corner cross to put them 1-0 up at 22 minutes.

Norwich took a while to recover from going behind, but started to look a bit more dangerous ahead of the break with two good chances for Pukki. The first saw a brilliant turn and run from Todd Cantwell to feed the striker running at goal, but Daniel Bentley raced out to make the clearance. Next time round Pukki latched onto the end of a long ball into the box, but his shot was blocked and put out for a corner.

Norwich dominated possession for the remaining five minutes, but Brentford always looked dangerous on the counter attack. City went into the break trailing with plenty of work to do in the second half.

Norwich came out unchanged for the second half but five minutes in Farke made his second substitution, with Jordan Rhodes coming on for Alex Tettey who went off after receiving treatment on the pitch.  

Brentford continued to press the City defence and went close to getting a second with an effort from Said Benrahma 10 minutes in, but Krul made a superb dive to palm the ball away.

City had a second penalty appeal moments later after a deep cross from Hernandez fell to Rhodes at the back post, with the striker falling to the ground, but Norwich’s appeals for pushing were waved away by the referee.

Brentford made their first change at 62 minutes, with Ollie Watkins replacing Canos.

Norwich picked up the tempo and enjoyed a lot more time on the ball, with a great bit of work from Hernandez on the right to find Aarons who drilled a shot at goal, but Bentley did well to beat his strike away.

City were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out after Rhodes was brought to the ground, with Vrancic stepping up to take the ball. His effort whipped over the wall and looked to be going in, but hit the post and bounced out for a goal kick.

Brentford made their final two changes with Alan Judge on for Benrahma and Josh McEachran on for Romaine Sawyers, while City’s final substitution saw Dennis Srbeny on for Cantwell.

Norwich went level in the 84th minute as Timm Klose headed home Vrancic’s corner cross from close range at the near post.

City continued searching for a second and went close with a long-distance strike from Trybull but Bentley palmed it away. The rebound fell to Rhodes in front of goal but the striker was flagged offside.

At the other end, Brentford had a chance of their own with a flying shot from Maupay, but Krul made a brilliant save to secure a point for City.


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