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Daniel Farke: We have to be on our best level

15 February 2019

Speaking from City’s northern training camp, Norwich boss Daniel Farke said they have had time to reflect on Wednesday’s defeat to Preston and know they need to start against Bolton Wanderers with a higher intensity level.

The Canaries have stayed in Lancashire between the two fixtures to avoid additional travel having faced three matches in just six days – their next test being the Trotters on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Farke said: “My feeling was the spirit and mood in the group was pretty good. It was also important to calm down and judge it, not directly after the game, more after one day, to watch the game again in a pretty calmed down mood. 

“In general we spoke about how we always have to be switched on in every second of the game and we spoke about how important tomorrow it is to start on the front foot and with the highest performance and intensity level. 

“Otherwise in this league anything can happen and it’s a close league and we know Preston are in really good shape and so are Bolton. They won at Birmingham and we have to be prepared from the first second.”

Bolton currently sit in 23rd position in the Sky Bet Championship, three points off safety as the table stands. But the City boss fully expects them to be full of confidence after their midweek win against Garry Monk’s side. 

“I expect a game which will be pretty complicated and we will be really respectful,” said Farke. “Of course Bolton are fighting against relegation but they have such an experienced group of players, and one of the oldest and most experienced lads in the whole of the Championship.

“They are used to playing with each other and with Phil Parkinson for several years and my feeling is they know they have to fight against relegation, so they won’t get nervous. They showed this even in recent years – they know what they have to do to fight against relegation and they are capable of doing this – they proved it at Birmingham.

"That is a difficult place to go and when you’re there and you go and win, when Birmingham are also on fire, and with a clean sheet, it says a lot about their character and what they’re doing.

“And now with a home game after this result, they will want to go on. And we have again one day less to recover than them. I think they will be highly motivated and we have to be on our best level in order to win points there.”

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Four-goal City coast to Bolton rout

16 February 2019

Norwich City produced some sublime attacking football to notch a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium.

City romped to a three-goal lead in the first-half as they tore through Bolton’s back four on countless occasions.

Teemu Pukki got the ball rolling on eight minutes with a sensational turn and finish inside the area. Marco Stiepermann doubled the lead midway through the half with a low drive and Emi Buendia compounded Bolton’s misery with a neat finish on 34 minutes.

Pukki added made it a double on the day early in the second-half with a superb, lobbed strike and it should have made it five but Kenny McLean had a spot-kick saved on 64 minutes.

Nonetheless, it was a comfortable victory for the Canaries and the scoreline marked the fourth time they've hit four goals in a single game this season, not to forget adding another clean sheet to their collection.

Daniel Farke was forced into one change from the Preston defeat on Wednesday, with Alex Tettey missing out through injury – McLean came in to replace him for his first league start since August. There were also welcome returns for Moritz Leitner and Timm Klose who made up the substitutes’ bench.

Bolton started well, pumping plenty of aerial balls into the final third, but it was City who went closest to scoring in the opening five minutes. Onel Hernandez surged forward and laid the ball back to Buendia but his curling effort was saved spectacularly by former Canaries goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

After the disappointment of the slow start at Preston, City turned the tables and grabbed the lead inside eight minutes. They worked the ball well down the left-hand side and eventually worked the ball in-field to Marco Stiepermann. His pinpoint through ball was latched upon by Pukki, who cut inside and fired the ball past Matthews.

It could have been two moments later when Ben Godfrey surged forward from the back and moved the ball wide to Pukki. He laid it on a plate for Buendia in the box but the City playmaker got underneath his strike and it flew over.

After a period of patient possession from City, they doubled their advantage midway through the first 45 with a terrific team move. Max Aarons, Tom Trybull and McLean worked the ball nicely on the right, with Trybull eventually feeding Aarons in an advanced position. His through pass found Pukki who cut back to Stiepermann to drill the ball home.

On 28 minutes, Hernandez was found by a looping Aarons pass but Matthews was equal to the attempted lob. Shortly after, Hernandez tried to cut the ball back to Pukki but it was just behind the City striker and Bolton managed to clear.

Bolton only tested Tim Krul once in the first-half and even that was a tame effort from Pawel Olkowski on 34 minutes which was straight at the City stopper.

Things were made worse for the hosts a minute later when McLean split open their defence with an accurate, lofted pass to find Buendia and he guided the ball past Matthews and make it three.

City were dominant and continued to search for more – Matthews thwarted powerful strikes from Hernandez and then Stiepermann close to half-time.

Bolton upped their intensity in the opening second-half minutes following introduction of Sammy Ameobi and Joe Williams, however the changes reaped zero benefits whatsoever.

Instead it was City who set about adding more to their advantage. Trybull stole the ball in midfield on 52 minutes and sent Hernandez clear on the left but Matthews produced a smart save with his feet to deny the winger. Shortly after, Pukki brilliantly broke the offside trap and raced clear, but again Matthews equal to his low finish.

Pukki wasn’t to be denied again on 56 minutes when he, once again, stayed onside and lobbed Matthews to give the 1,500-strong away support more to cheer about.

Pukki was fouled in the box by Mark Beevers on 63 minutes and McLean stepped up to take the penalty, however Matthews saved with his feet to keep the advantage at four.

Defending a clean sheet was the aim in the second-half and City defended resolutely, particularly on 70 minutes when Christoph Zimmermann intervened to block a goalbound Jason Lowe effort.

With City cruising to victory, that allowed Farke to introduce Leitner for his first minutes since the victory over Blackburn Rovers on December 22.

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