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Daniel Farke: We’re in a better position to face Villa

24 December 2019

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says his side will be on more of a level playing field with Aston Villa ahead of Boxing Day’s Premier League clash at Villa Park.

When the two sides met at Carrow Road in October, Dean Smith’s men emerged 5-1 victors, but Farke insists the score-line flattered the visitors, while pointing to City’s injury crisis as one of the result’s contributing factors.

“It was a strange game against Villa earlier in the season,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “It didn’t feel like we were too far away from a good result. We just weren’t competitive because of all the injuries we had. We’re in a better position now.

“We’re still not the favourite in this game. They have top-class players, but we are definitely competitive, as we showed in recent weeks.

“The Premier League is always a close competition and it’s difficult for every team to win points. Some good sides can struggle. Everton were involved in the relegation battle, which is unbelievable considering the quality of their players. Small details can make a big difference.

“You can quickly be gaining momentum with two or three good results in a row so that’s what we’re hoping for.

“Each game is big on this level, so I wouldn’t over interpret it too much. Villa are a bit under pressure having lost their last four Premier League games after spending £150million in the summer. You’d have expected them to be in a better position.

“We are where people expect us to be but we’ll keep on fighting against it. It’s important for both sides but makes no sense to speculate who’s under more pressure. It’s always good to be playing for something.”

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Looking back to the weekend’s defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Farke felt the outcome had an all-too-familiar feeling of unjust about it, given the quality of City’s performance.

“We were all unbelievably disappointed after the Wolves match because it was an important game for us,” he added. “We played some fantastic football and on a good day we’d come in at half-time 5-0 or 6-0 up, maybe 4-0 or 3-0 on a normal day. To be just 1-0 up was more or less a joke. We lost the game when we had 12 or 13 really big chances and Wolves were able to score with two out of their three.

“This happens in football. It’s one of those games and sometimes the opponents can’t explain why they won the game and we can’t explain why we lost. This happens when you’re fighting for titles, in mid-table, or when you’re in the relegation positions.

“We have to make sure we don’t lose trust or confidence because it can feel like quicksand with everyone against you. We have to show a strong mentality, to calm the nerves down and speak about it in a neutral and objective way.

“Performance-wise, we had two top class games against Leicester City and Wolves. No team created more chances against Wolves than we did this season. To get just one point out of those games feels strange. We drew against Arsenal and didn’t expect to come out of the Sheffield United game with no points.

“You can have turning points in life and then there’s another setback even if you don’t deserve it. To gain momentum is important.”

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Once the festivities are taken care of, the January transfer window will be just around the corner, and while City might not be in a position to break the bank on incoming players, there should be no fears of key players leaving the club, according to Farke.

“Stuart Webber and I speak every day about the future of the squad and the January transfer window, but our hands are tied a bit,” he explained. “It’s more expensive and difficult in January but we’ll stay awake to the options and if there’s a chance to do business, not out of panic buying, we will try to.

“We have a few injury problems at centre-back but have lots of competition in all the others. I don’t expect us to do much business, but we won’t fall asleep.

“It’s a good sign if clubs are interested in our players because it means we’re doing things the right way, improving our players and the value of them. I’m more relaxed than in previous transfer windows because we’re not under the same financial pressure to accept offers. We can’t afford top-class players, but we don’t have to sell the ones we have.”

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Match Reports

Dominant City defeated at Villa Park

26 December 2019

Despite having a number of good chances to score, Norwich City were defeated 1-0 by Aston Villa in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

The hosts took the lead when Conor Hourihane smashed in from Jack Grealish's pass in the 65th minute, as City failed to take any of their chances.

Alexander Tettey saw a powerful strike cleared off the line, Sam Byram hit the crossbar and headed narrowly wide and Onel Hernandez had an effort saved from close range by Tom Heaton. The statistics would suggest City deserved a goal, but it was to no avail.

After a narrow defeat to Wolves prior to Christmas Day, Daniel Farke named the exact same starting XI and substitutes for the trip west to the Midlands.

Skipper Grant Hanley was once again paired in central defence alongside Christoph Zimmermann, whilst Teemu Pukki was supported by Todd Cantwell, Emi Buendia and Kenny McLean.

Despite some early pressure from the hosts it was City who mustered the game’s first attempt on target.

Some neat interplay down the right flank saw Max Aarons and Buendia combine, before feeding the ball to Cantwell who shot low and straight at the goalkeeper from 18 yards.

Villa responded with a flurry of corner kicks, one of which following a ricochet resulted in Douglas Luiz lashing a volley narrowly over Tim Krul’s crossbar.

But in truth it was Farke’s side who continued to look the more threatening.

Buendia continued to grow into the game. On 16 minutes the little Argentine brought the ball under his spell before setting Pukki in the clear with a sweeping low pass only for a covering to defender to snuff out the danger at the vital moment.

Sam Byram then came even closer, heading downwards from Buendia’s corner only to see the ball bounce back up off the slick playing surface and kiss against the crossbar.

It took until 37 minutes for Villa to significantly threaten the Norwich goal.

A low left-wing delivery from Matt Targett was turn goalwards and inches wide of the far post by Anwar El Ghazi’s left boot.

Just prior to the interval Buendia sent a free kick from range straight down the throat of Tom Heaton.

Immediately after the restart only a remarkable block on the goal line from Douglas Luiz prevented Alex Tettey from slamming home a loose ball in the Villa penalty area.

From the resulting corner Heaton then flew to his left to repel a Tom Trybull header, before Sam Byram headed marginally wide at the back post following Aarons’ cross.

City were on top, but against the run of play were hit with a hammer blow.

Villa sub Hourihane arrived to convert after some clever footwork from Grealish on the edge of the Norwich penalty area.

Farke responded with a triple substitution, as Mario Vrancic, Marco Stiepermann and Onel Hernandez entered the action.

The latter almost nabbed the equaliser with minutes remaining, but his shot was saved by the chest of Heaton, as City rued a number of missed chances.

Aston Villa: Heaton, Luiz, Wesley, Grealish (C), Nakamba (Hourihane 57), Konsa, Trezeguet (Jota 84), Targett, El Ghazi (Lansbury 92), El Mohamady, Hause
Unused substitutes: Nyland, Engels, Guilbert, Kodjia
Goals: Hourihane (64)
Bookings: Wesley (88), Douglas Luiz (89)

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Hanley (C), Zimmermann, Cantwell, Buendia (Hernandez 76), Trybull (Vrancic 76), Pukki, McLean, Tettey (Stiepermann 76)
Unused substitutes: Fahrmann, Lewis, Amadou, Srbeny
Goals: None
Bookings: Tettey (35), Pukki (42), Trybull (74)

Half time: 0-0
Attendance: 41,289
Venue: Villa Park
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Aston Villa v Norwich City

28 November 2019

Tickets for Norwich City's away match with Aston Villa on Thursday, December 26 (3pm) will go on sale from Wednesday, December 4.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 9am on each of the following windows:

Priority Window - Wednesday, December 4
Away Premier Members - Thursday, December 5
Away Standard Members - Friday, December 6
Season Ticket Holders - Saturday, December 7
General Sale - Monday, December 9

Tickets are priced at:

Adult £30
65+, students, Armed Forces £20
Under-21s £17
Under-18s £10

Coach travel is £22 with a £1 discount to Away Members and Season Ticket Holders. Departs Carrow Road at 9:30am on the day of the game.

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 01603 721902 (option one) or at the Carrow Road ticket office.

Fans can secure their seat ahead of these tickets going on sale with one of our VIP Away Day packages. Click here to find out more.

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