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Norwich come from behind to continue unbeaten run in 3-3 draw with Nottingham Forest

26 December 2018

Norwich continued their unbeaten run after scoring two stoppage time goals to come from behind and draw 3-3 with Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road.

Forest got the opener in extra time at the end of the first half with a strike from Matty Cash, with Jack Robinson making it two in the 65th minute followed by a second from Cash 10 minutes later.

City fought back into the game with a long-distance strike from Mario Vrancic taking it to 3-1 with less than 15 minutes to go, with Onel Hernandez finding the back of the net in the 94th minute. And City weren’t finished there, with the Cuban getting his second goal of the game in the 98th minute to secure a point for Norwich.

Daniel Farke made just one change to his starting eleven for the game, with Mario Vrancic replacing Mortitz Leitner who picked up an injury in Saturday’s match against Blackburn. Timm Klose returned to the bench after being out for a few weeks with a knee injury, and was called into action ahead of kick-off to replace Christoph Zimmermann who appeared to pick up an injury in the warm-up.

Forest enjoyed slightly more of the ball in the opening exchanges, although Norwich looked strong and were passing the ball around well. 

City saw their first chance in the eighth minute as Marco Stiepermann blocked a clearance and sent the ball through to Pukki, but Costel Pantilimon got down to make the save and deny City an opener. Norwich looked dangerous from their corner cross with several attempts at goal, but the Forest defence stayed strong and cleared their lines.

Norwich continued their attacking momentum with plenty of action in the Forest half and another good chance came for Pukki who raced down the right, but his angled shot flew across goal and over the bar.

Forest saw their first chance come 20 minutes in, but Lewis Grabban’s low shot was easily collected by Tim Krul.

Norwich went close again in the 22nd minute, with a brilliant effort from Jamal Lewis on the left, but his deflected shot was tipped over the bar by Pantilimon. The Canaries continued working the ball around the Forest box, before Klose tried his luck with a long-range effort which went well wide.

Joe Lolley made a dangerous run for the visitors 30 minutes in, but his shot deflected off Klose and out for a corner which City dealt with well.

A second good chance came for Lewis moments later who got on the end of a lovely cross from Stiepermann, but Lolley did well to close him down and the ball bounced out.

Forest were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Ben Godfrey brought down Jack Colback on the counter attack. Danny Fox took the shot, but a great reaction from Krul saw the City stopper beat the ball away to deny the visitors.

Forest enjoyed a spell of possession from then on and just ahead of half time got the goal they were searching for. Matty Cash stole the ball off Max Aarons in the box and found the back of the net with a low shot, putting Forest ahead going into the break.

Norwich started off the second half looking the stronger of the two sides and were awarded a free-kick five minutes in after Stiepermann was pulled back on the run. The German then did well to get in behind the Forest defence and sent a lovely ball across the six-yard box, but Lolley was there for Forest to clear away.

Krul was called into action with a powerful shot from Grabban, but the City keeper did well to beat the ball away from danger.

There were appeals for a penalty 62 minutes in after the ball looked to have hit Jack Robinson’s arm, but the referee played on. Norwich then made their first change with Onel Hernandez coming on for Todd Cantwell.

Just moments later Forest made it two with a free kick from Lolley which Krul initially saved, but the rebound fell to Robinson who fired it into the net.

Norwich made a double change with 20 minutes to go after Emi Buendia picked up a knock and had to helped off the pitch. Jordan Rhodes came on to replace him, with Dennis Srbeny replacing Jamal Lewis.

City had a good chance minutes later with a wonderful pass from Stiepermann who found Pukki, but his low shot just rolled wide.

At the other end of the pitch, Forest took their chances again, with Lolley’s cutback fired into the bottom of the corner by Cash to make it three for the visitors.

Norwich looked for a response and got a goal of their own with a long-range effort from Vrancic which took a deflection and found the bottom corner in the 77th minute.

Forest made another change in the 83rd minute, with Cash replaced by Gil Dias.

Norwich kept battling for another goal and a chance came for Srbeny from an angle, but the Forest keeper made another good stop. Norwich won a free-kick in the 88th minute which Vrancic delivered, but Godfrey’s effort went well high at the far post.

Seven minutes of stoppage time were added onto the game, giving Onel Hernandez time to score a brace and bring City level.

The first from the Cuban was a cross from the right which rolled past the keeper and into the bottom corner, while the second saw a pass from Godfrey to Srbeny which he left for Hernandez to fire home. 

Today’s Golden Goal times were:

1st Goal: 45:00
2nd Goal: 64:10
3rd Goal: 73:03
4th Goal: 76:58
5th Goal: 90:00
6th Goal: 90:00
 
Lucky Number: 1812

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Ticket News

Ticket update: Nottingham Forest

10 December 2018

More tickets have become available for Norwich City's Sky Bet Championship match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, December 26.

Norwich will take on Forest at Carrow Road on Boxing Day, with kick-off at 3pm.

The game was sold out, however Nottingham Forest have returned some of their allocation, meaning more general admission tickets are now available for Canary supporters. The seats are situated in the South Stand, Area H.

Tickets are priced from:

Adult £28
65+ £18
Under-18s £13
Under-12s £8

To buy your tickets, call 01603 721902, visit the ticket offices at Carrow Road or Chapelfield or go online HERE.

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