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Daniel Farke: We have to stick to our style

15 March 2019

Daniel Farke said his City side face a difficult task on Saturday going up against a team fighting relegation.

Norwich will take on Rotherman United at the New York Stadium where the Millers have only lost four games so far this season.

However, the City Boss said recent results have shown his team are capable of handling whatever is thrown at them.

Farke said: “It’s always a difficult task when you travel to a side which is fighting against relegation and needs each and every point. I think they are in a position where they won’t get nervous because they know they have to fight until the end to be able to stay in this league.

“I’m pretty sure they will play with lots of commitment and lots of fighting spirit and we are unbelievably respectful. We know they haven’t lost a game at home in several months and in their last eight games they had just one loss away at Sheffield United and that’s a place you can lose a game without any doubt.

“It’s a difficult task but we have also showed this season that we are capable of handling difficult tasks, so the plan is to be successful tomorrow.”

The Canaries’ recent record has seen them win five games on the spin with a stunning second goal from Emi Buendia in Norwich’s last game against Hull helping them to three points.

Farke said: “Emi is doing fantastic at the moment, not only because of his goals. Of course it’s important to add some end products and it’s always good that he is there with assists and goals, but also in terms of his workload against the ball and how crucial he is for our possession. He is in a really good shape and one of our key players.

“But one of our biggest strengths is that our Man of the Match and our key players change from week to week and we have many threats. Also, our defensive players have been fantastic in the recent weeks, we had several clean sheets and I am totally happy with the whole group.”

There are nine games left to play this season in the Sky Bet Championship and Farke said he wants his team to continue playing with the same spirit and character they have shown in recent weeks.

“We have to stick to our plan, our philosophy and the same style of football,” Farke said. “So lots of energy, attacking football and we want to be the protagonist on the pitch whether it’s a home game or away game or if we face a side fighting against relegation or promotion.

“I want us to stick to our plan, to be brave, to play aggressive football, to dominate the possession and play our style. You are never successful if you are just sitting there biting your nails and praying for a good result. The best thing is to concentrate on the contents to go further on with hard work and to concentrate on what you do and then the results will come automatically.

“It’s also important to keep your nerves and to be mentally strong, but we’ve shown it so far in 36 games so I am not concerned at all.”

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Match Reports

City earn sixth win in a row with 2-1 victory at Rotherham

16 March 2019

Norwich edged to victory over Rotherham United to make it six wins on the spin.

Goals from Kenny McLean and Ben Godfrey secured all three points, with Semi Ajayi’s second-half effort not enough to keep them in the game.

Daniel Farke once again kept his starting eleven unchanged, with City enjoying wins in their last five games.

The first effort of the match came from Rotherham with a looping shot from Michael Smith, but it was too high and wide to pose any danger. The hosts followed up with a few more early efforts, first from Ben Wiles who lashed it over from just inside the area and then from Joe Newell eight minutes in, but Tim Krul collected comfortably.

The Millers continued to look the more solid of the two sides and at the 11-minute mark they went close again with a nice bit of build-up between Anthony Forde and Newell who found Smith in the box, but he headed the ball just wide.

Norwich started to gain more possession but didn’t create any real chances until 20 minutes in. A good strike from Onel Hernandez was pushed away by Marek Rodak but fell to Teemu Pukki who tried to knock it in, but somehow Rotherham were able to clear.

The Millers continued to make it difficult for Norwich, allowing very little space to move the ball around. The next 10 minutes saw it go from end to end with both teams unable to produce any shots to really test the keepers.

The Canaries had a good chance in the 34th minute with a corner taken by Emi Buendia. The ball was cleared but fell back to Buendia who fired in a low cross, however Pukki could only slide it wide.

At the other end Wiles produced a good run to weave towards goal, but his shot from 25-yards out looped well over goal.

Norwich took the lead in the 45th minute with a lovely ball flicked over the Rotherham defence by Pukki to Kenny McLean who chested it down and slotted it home from an angle.

A chance came for City almost straight away as Pukki put a low ball across the six-yard box which flew past the Rotherham defence and almost into the path of Marco Stiepermann, but he couldn’t quite stretch to get a foot on it.

Rotherham got back into the game with a goal from Semi Ajayi in the 52nd minute. His low strike found the bottom corner just out of reach of Krul.

City looked for a response and should have taken the lead again just moments later with a lovely one-two between Max Aarons and Buendia which ended with Pukki guiding the ball towards goal, but it flashed just inches wide.

However, the Canaries didn’t have to wait long to make it 2-1, with Ben Godfrey heading home from a corner put into the box by McLean in the 57th minute.

Paul Warne made a double substitution with Richie Towell replacing Matt Crooks and Anthony Forde going off for Jon Taylor.

With 20 minutes to go Wiles found a bit of space for the home side to get an effort away, but despite Krul diving to make the save his shot went a few yards wide of the post.

It was then Buendia’s turn at goal with the winger firing a superb effort from 25-yards out which flew just narrowly wide of the Rotherham goal.

The attempts kept coming for the Canaries with another great chance just ahead of the 80-minute mark where Pukki was through on goal, but Rodak got down low to make the save. Hernandez then cut into the box from the left, but his shot was straight at the Millers’ stopper.

The hosts then made their final change, with captain Richard Wood replaced by Jerry Yates.

Daniel Farke made his first substitution in the 90th minute, with Jordan Rhodes on for Teemu Pukki, followed by Timm Klose for Hernandez and Mario Vrancic for Emi Buendia. 

 

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Ticket News

Ticket news: Rotherham United

22 February 2019

Tickets for City’s away match against Rotherham United will go on general sale on Saturday, February 23.

Norwich will take on the Millers on Saturday, March 16, with kick off at 3pm.

Tickets will be priced at:

Adults £23
Over-60s £13
18-21 years £13
HM Armed Forces Personnel £13 - (These tickets can be purchased in-person only at the ticket offices at Carrow Road or Chapefield on production of Armed Forces ID)
13-17 years £8
Under 13s £1

Tickets will go on sale on February 23 at 9am.

Coach travel is also available at £22 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders and members. The coach will depart from Carrow Road at 9.30am.

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

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