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Daniel Farke: We want to win the game

7 August 2017

Daniel Farke has admitted he may have to make some changes for the Carabao Cup clash with Swindon Town but says it’s a game he wants to win.

The Canaries have had just two days to prepare for the visit of the Robins but Farke declared in his pre-match press conference that he wants to win “each and every game”.

“It’s always about finding the right balance when you play three games in seven days,” he said. “It’s always a little bit tricky. For me, even if it’s a league game or a cup game, it’s always the same – I want to win the game.

“I want to win each and every game in each and every competition. This game is a high priority for me and especially in the beginning of the season, it’s quite important that the team finds their rhythm.

“I don’t believe in too many changes between games, especially in the beginning of the season because the team has to find their rhythm.

“For sure, there will be some changes because we had just two days between the games. Fulham was a really tough and hard game with a high intensity so we have to make changes but without losing our focus and our balance.”  

Farke also issued an injury update and revealed that new signing Marco Stiepermann could make his debut at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

“I think he [Stiepermann] could be in the squad,” Farke added. “With Tom [Trybull], he needs one or two weeks for his physical condition. His contract ended in June and he was just doing the first period of pre-season by himself so he needs some more training with the group.

“He [Russell Martin] played with a lot of pain and some injections but he showed a great attitude. We have to think about whether it’s the right decision to bring him on the pitch tomorrow after such a hard game [against Fulham]. If I’m honest, I’m thinking about giving him a little break because when you get older you need a little time to recreate.

“Wes [Hoolahan] is a little bit further on because he played Saturday and had that brilliant assist for Nelson’s goal. Normally they [Wes and Ivo Pinto] would need a little bit longer but they also need some minutes.

“We only have two days between the games and some guys need a rest after such a hard game. Wes and Ivo were so important last season and they’re going to be so important this season so we need them at 100% but they also need some minutes.

“[There is] no chance for Harry [Toffolo] and Jamal [Lewis]. They aren’t training with us so it will take some more time with them but I’m pleased that Ivo and Wes are improving day by day.”

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Match Reports

City seal win over Swindon

8 August 2017

City booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-2 win over Swindon Town at Carrow Road.

Goals from Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and James Maddison gave Norwich the win in a topsy-turvy game on a rain-soaked Tuesday night.

Daniel Farke made only three changes to City’s starting XI from Saturday’s draw with Fulham. Josh Murphy, Wes Hoolahan and Ivo Pinto were all brought in to a very strong looking City side against League Two Swindon. New city signing Marco Stiepermann started on the bench.

City started well in a fluid 4-1-4-1, with Hoolahan and Murphy as wingers but drifting centrally. Constant early pressure resulted in a chance for James Maddison, who wriggled to find room in the box but he put his effort over Lawrence Vigoroux’s bar. Murphy was also presented with a chance after a lovely through-ball from Harrison Reed, but his first touch let him down and the ball was shepherded out.

Maddison, who was already having an all-action game, came to City’s rescue with a goal-line clearance after Harry Smith almost took advantage of a slip by Marcel Franke. He rounded Angus Gunn, but Maddison mopped up brilliantly.

The game burst into life in the 21st minute, with Gunn saving well from a Paul Mullin header. City broke quickly, and Hoolahan played in Jerome but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet, before the ball fell to Murphy 20 yards out and his powerful shot was tipped over the bar by Vigoroux. A minute later Murphy went close again, but his curling shot was pushed around the post.

Somewhat against the run of play, Swindon took the leader when captain Olly Lancashire nodded in a whipped free-kick past Gunn.

City were level three minutes later though, when Maddison broke into the area to set up Jerome, who calmly slotted the ball under Vigoroux. That was the signal to dominate, and Jerome and Murphy both went close before City took the lead in some style.

A one-touch move saw Murphy play in James Husband down the left, who pulled it back to Hoolahan on the edge of the area. Hoolahan shuffled it into Maddison, who delayed his return pass expertly to the passing Hoolahan, and the Irish magician finished into the roof of the net.

It was the Hoolahan and Maddison show again in the 42nd minute, when Hoolahan rolled the ball neatly into Maddison and he finished low into the bottom corner to send City in 3-1 up at the break.

Norwich started the second-half brightly, but another free-kick proved to be their undoing again in the 62nd minute. This time it was Paul Mullin who got his head to a floated free-kick, beating Gunn at the near post.

Swindon’s goal saw a period of rather flat play at Carrow Road, but Vrancic went close with an angled flick in the 68th minute after good work from Murphy down the right. With a duck – or possibly a goose – flying around the inside of Carrow Road grabbing the crowd’s attention, Gunn kept his concentration to rush off his line smartly and thwart the onrushing Mullin.

Vigoroux was perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch after taking out the onrushing Jerome in the 78th minute just outside the area, but he escaped with a yellow. Maddison floated the resulting free-kick just over the crossbar.

With five minutes remaining Gunn pulled off an outstanding reaction save, staying strong to stop a point-blank shot from Mullin, before following that up with a brilliant a double-save that showed his reflexes and awareness. Harry Smith then missed a glorious headed chance from another excellent cross by Chris Hussey, nodding wide from just five yards.

City held on to progress to the second round, and will find out their opponents in Thursday evening's draw.

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