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Daniel Farke: It's a crucial game for us

22 February 2019

Daniel Farke said his team are prepared for a crucial game against Bristol City on Saturday, with both teams battling for a place at the top of the table.

The City boss said the game was one of the two toughest matches they face in their final 13 games, and his side would need to be focussed and concentrated in order to win points.

Farke said: “We know that even last season Bristol were pretty close to being in the play-offs and perhaps a big cup load cost a bit of energy in the end, but right now they are on a more than decent run and to be there with so many wins in a row, especially in the league, is outstanding.

“I spoke with the team about how we have already faced many, many top teams in this division, but there are still at least two games left against top sides – one is at Middlesbrough and the other is against Bristol because they are two of just six teams who are able to finish above us in the end table. They are just a few points away and have several games in hand, so it’s a game where we have to be at our best level to win points.

“I think it’s also a crucial game because it’s important to finish above them in the end table and if we are able to win this game it would be a massive step to finish in the play-off ranks. So, it’s a big, big game for us and we have to be really focussed and concentrated. We know that it’s a big chance for us to make an important step to being there in a good position in the finishing table.”

The Canaries last faced Bristol in December at Ashton Gate, with Norwich fighting back to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw. And Farke said they are expecting them to play in a similar style to last week’s opponents Preston North End.

He said: “Their pressing is always on a good level so we will have to find some solutions in order to bypass them and to keep the ball and if we are able to do this then we will have opportunities to create chances. The second topic is they are also capable to sit deep and defend strong, so in the recent games they didn’t concede many goals and they had many clean sheets.  

“It will also be important that we find some solutions to create chances if they drop back, to be patient and also really clinical in the finishing because they don’t allow the opponent many chances. And it’s important to control their counters because it’s also one of their big strengths.

“In many topics we have to be good in this game to get the result we all want to have, but it’s never easy to win points and we are prepared."

After playing two games away from home last week and training in the north-west, Farke said his team are looking forward to being back in their living room.

“After two difficult away games it’s nice to be back at Carrow Road,” he said. “We expect a brilliant atmosphere and hope that our fans are there to help us because we need again tomorrow to be one unit in order to be successful. This is definitely one of the biggest tasks you can have at this moment in this league.”

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Norwich come from behind twice to beat Bristol 3-2

23 February 2019

Norwich came from behind twice to beat Bristol City 3-2 at Carrow Road with two goals from Kenny McLean and one from Ben Godfrey.

The Canaries went behind 12 minutes in after a slow start to the game with Jamie Paterson getting the opener. Norwich responded with a brilliant goal from McLean but within a minute were behind again.

However City continued to dominate play in the second half, going on to secure the win with a 55th minute equaliser from Godfrey and a second from McLean.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting eleven from the side who beat Bolton 4-0 last Saturday. Mario Vrancic returned to the bench after being out for two weeks with an ankle injury picked up in the East Anglian derby.

The game got off to a slow start with both sides trying to control possession. The first shot at goal didn’t come until the 11th minute with a strike from Josh Brownhill outside of the box which went well wide.

Just moments later though, Bristol got the opener with a Famara Diedhiou finding Jamie Paterson who hit it well from an angle into the top corner.

Norwich picked up the pace from there and looked much more dangerous going forward with Onel Hernandez working hard down the left. However City’s balls into the box were dealt with well by the Robins’ defence.

A good chance came for Norwich just past the 20-minute mark with a lovely ball from Emi Buendia to Hernandez on the run. The Cuban turned and had a shot but was closed down, with the blocked ball falling to Teemu Pukki in front of goal but his shot rolled wide.

The Canaries continued to dominate possession and went close again with a great run from Pukki who put the ball back to Hernandez but he curled it wide.

Bristol won a free-kick on the right after a foul by Hernandez which was taken by O’Dowda, but Krul collected it well down low.

City went level in the 36th minute with a good ball from Hernandez to Pukki in the box who turned and laid it back to Kenny McLean. He finished it beautifully to score his first goal for the Club.

But the celebrations were short-lived as Bristol came back with an immediate response. O’Dowda ran past two challenges to hit a low shot into the bottom corner beyond Tim Krul’s reach.

The Canaries finished the half well, but the Bristol defence stood strong to deny City's attempts.

It was a good start for City to the second half too with immediate pressure on the Bristol back line.

Norwich won a corner after a good run from Aarons who cut into the box, but his cross deflected off Tomas Kalas and City weren’t able to make anything of the resulting flag kick.

And after sustained pressure, the Canaries equalised again with Aarons turning the ball back into the area for Ben Godfrey to tuck home in the 55th minute.

Krul was forced into action with a low shot from Marlon Pack into the bottom corner, but he got down well to push the ball away.

At the other end, Bristol stopper Frank Fielding made a brilliant save to deny Hernandez who met Aaron’s deep cross on the volley and fired it at goal.

Just moments later, Norwich took the lead for the first time with a superb strike from McLean 25-yards out in the 66th minute. 

The Robins made a triple substitution at the 70th minute, with Matty Taylor, Marley Watkins and Kasey Palmer on for Famara Diedhiou, Jamie Paterson and Jay Dasilva.

Norwich almost had a fourth with several shots fired at Fielding from close range, but the Bristol keeper somehow managed to keep them out. Stiepermann then had a strike from distance which hit the crossbar and bounced away from danger.

Bristol had a good chance just after the 80th minute mark with Taylor’s cross flicked onto Watkins, but his effort flew high into the Barclay stand.

Farke made his first change in the 85th minute, with Jordan Rhodes replacing Pukki, followed a few minutes later by Vrancic coming on for Buendia. The final change saw Timm Klose returning for the first time since picking up an injury, replacing Hernandez in extra time. 

Today’s Golden Goal times were:

1st Goal: 11:18
2nd Goal: 35:12
3rd Goal: 36:12
4th Goal: 54:06
5th Goal: 65:55
 
Lucky Number: 2059

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Ticket News

Ticket update: Bolton Wanderers

13 February 2019

Tickets for City’s game against Bolton Wanderers will be on sale at Carrow Road until 3pm on Friday, February 15.

Norwich will travel to Bolton on Saturday, February 16, with kick-off at 3pm. Last time out, the Canaries beat Wanderers 3-2 at Carrow Road, with a stoppage time strike from Teemu Pukki giving City the win.

Tickets will not be available for Canary fans to buy at the stadium on the day. 

Lower tier tickets are priced at:

Adults £26 
Over-65s £20
Under-23s £20
Under-18s £12
Under-12s £10

Coach travel is also available at £36, with a £1 discount for season ticket holders and members. The coaches will depart Carrow Road at 8am.

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

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