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Daniel Farke: The Carabao Cup is important to us

18 September 2017

Daniel Farke says the Carabao Cup holds a “high importance” for him as he prepares his side to take on Brentford in the third round on Tuesday.

City have beaten Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic on their way to the last 32 and Farke says his team are keen to carry on their perfect record in the Cup.

“We have a perfect statistic in the Cup with two games and two wins and we want to go further, 100%,” he said, speaking to the local media at his pre-match press conference.

“We have a good momentum right now. In Germany, we would say the league is more your ‘bread and butter’ but I enjoy having runs in the cup.

“Before the first game in the cup, I said the cup has a high importance. We want to go there and win this game; otherwise, we would send a postcard to Brentford and say: ‘Okay, we don’t want to go through to the next round’ but we want to try everything to win this game.”

“To get through to the last 16 would be a great achievement. Also, I think our supporters like cup runs too and especially for them, we want to put on a good performance.”

The Canaries are unbeaten in three league games, keeping three clean sheets in the process, but Farke says there are still topics he wants his team to work on.

“All in all we had a brilliant last week,” he continued. “But not perfect – perfect would have been nine points. 

“You’re always looking for perfection and to improve. Although we had a brilliant week, there are some topics we can work on.

“We have to improve in some topics but especially with the last week and our improvements in the defensive area, I’m really content and I have given lots of compliments to the lads.”

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Match Reports

Vrancic double seals City win

19 September 2017

City brushed aside Brentford at Griffin Park to book a place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

A double from Mario Vrancic – a penalty and a sumptuous free-kick – and a strike from Josh Murphy sealed City’s third win in four matches, before Josh Clarke pulled an injury time goal back for Brentford. 

Daniel Farke made five changes from Saturday's win over Sheffield United. James Husband started in place of Marco Stiepermann at left-back while Harrison Reed replaced Alex Tettey in central midfield. Vrancic and Wes Hoolahan came in for James Maddison and Yanic Wildschut, while Marley Watkins got the nod up front. On the bench, midfielder Adam Phillips' impressive displays for the U23s earned him a first senior call-up.

Brentford also made seven changes to their starting line-up from the weekend. While they are winless in the league, they completed an impressive 4-1 win over QPR in the second round of the Cup.

An even opening 10 minutes burst into life when Watkins was sent clean through on the left. Josh McEachran’s nudge sent Watkins to the floor, and the referee pointed to the spot. Vrancic coolly sent Luke Daniels the wrong way – rolling it into the corner – to open his City account and give Norwich a 10th-minute lead.

The early goal gave City real impetus, and Murphy went close with a dipping drive from 25 yards before Watkins stung the hands of Daniels from outside the area. On 20 mintues Vrancic sent a low free-kick an inch wide of Daniels' left post with the keeper beaten.

Five minutes later Watkins went close, when Hoolahan picked up Vrancic’s short corner and chipped it into the box, but Watkins’ header was straight at Daniels.

Brentford were having some joy down City’s right, and a quick break from Illias Chatzitheodoridis had City retreating quickly, and the ball across found Neal Maupay just outside the area but his effort was straight at Gunn, who saved comfortably.

On 30 minutes Brentford had the perfect opportunity to level as Hoolahan was adjudged to have fouled Kamohelo Mokotjo in the area, but Yoann Barbet blasted the penalty well over Gunn’s crossbar.

City did well to withstand some late Brentford pressure – with Christoph Zimmermann and Harrison Reed particularly impressive as Norwich went into the break with a one-goal lead.

Norwich went close twice straight after the restart, with Murphy the driving force. First he got to the byline after neat work from Hoolahan, but his inviting drive across the six-yard box just evaded the advancing Watkins. Moments later a mix-up at the back allowed Murphy room on the edge of the box and he drove centimetres wide with Daniels beaten.

City’s pressure counted in the 51st minute when Hoolahan was fouled on the edge of the box. Vrancic stepped up to sweetly lift the ball over the ball and down into the bottom left corner to double City’s lead.

On 57 minutes Barbet curled a 25-yard free-kick towards the top corner but it lacked power and Gunn collected comfortably before setting City on a swift break. Confusion in the Brentford area saw their backline scatter, and Reed almost took advantage but he sent a powerful drive just wide.

With City dominating, Brentford almost conjured something out nothing on 66 minutes when substitute Justin Shaibu cut in from the left and sent a thumping shot goalwards, but with Gunn beaten the post came to Norwich’s rescue.

City took advantage of the let-off a minute later. Tom Trybull threaded a beautiful 20-yard ball from inside his own half through to the advancing Murphy, who held off his man and chipped the ball over the advancing Daniels to make it 3-0.

Trybull departed soon after, to be replaced by Marco Stiepermann, while Yanic Wildschut was introduced at the expense of goalscorer Murphy.

Vrancic, looking for his hattrick, tested Daniels again from outside the area on 78 minutes, but the keeper was all the way behind the right-foot drive.

Farke made his final change of the night in the final 10 minutes, with Marcel Franke replacing Timm Klose at centre-back.

Brentford pulled a goal back in stoppage time, Josh Clarke taking advantage of a loose ball in the penalty area as City were hoping for a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

Vrancic still had time to almost complete his hattrick, but with the last kick of the game he poked just wide from a tight angle. 

It was a professional display from City, and the Canaries will find out who they'll face in the last 16 when the draw is made tomorrow evening live on Sky. 

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Ticket News

Carabao Cup: Brentford on general sale

3 September 2017

Tickets for Norwich City's Carabao Cup third round tie away to Brentford on Tuesday, September 19 (7:45pm) are available on general sale.

Admission prices for the game are as follows:

Adults - £15
Concessions - £12
Juniors - £5

Adults - £10
Concessions - £7
Juniors - £5

Tickets are available ONLINE, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Chapelfield or Castle Mall.

Club Canary Coach travel is priced at £20 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders and members.

Coaches will depart from outside Carrow Road at 2:45pm on the day of the game.

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