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Daniel Farke: Winning at home would create momentum

10 August 2018

Daniel Farke hopes a good performance and result against West Bromwich Albion this weekend will create momentum for his Norwich City side going forward.

City grabbed a late equaliser to draw at Birmingham in their first game of the season and Farke hopes his team can go one better by picking up all three points on Saturday.

Speaking at his pre-match conference, he said: "The first game was really good and with the second game, especially it being a home game, with a good performance and a good result it would create some momentum.

"We know we have one of the tougher starting programmes in the whole league because we started away at Birmingham, then we’ve got a home game against one of the big favourites West Brom and then we are away at Sheffield United, so it is always difficult to play those games.  

“It would be perfect to start with a really good home game and win some points. We are desperate to be there with a good performance and we will try to bring this on the pitch. 

“Hopefully with the support of our fans we will be able to do this because there was unbelievable support in the first away game at Birmingham. Nearly 3,000 of our supporters were there and and there was an unbelievable mood. The fans were always behind us and supporting us, even when Birmingham took the lead, and that was one of the reasons we were able to come back two times.”

City’s opponents this weekend were relegated from the Premier League last season and Farke believes the test will be a tough one.

“They have big possibilities from a financial point of view, they have a pretty experienced squad and many quality players,” he added. “They are one of the favourites at the start of the league but as the favourites you have to prove it each and every game day and it is not very easy.

“We are perhaps not the favourite in this game because they have so many quality players but one thing is for sure we will try to be rebellious and brave and bring our strengths on the pitch along with our togetherness. 

“If I could choose I would play a game against a side such as them on our first home game day because it is quite often pretty difficult for relegated sides to adapt to the new league.

“I’m pretty sure they will be highly motivated so it will be a tough game for us but we are prepared.”

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Match Reports

City edged out by West Brom in seven-goal thriller

11 August 2018

Norwich City were edged out 4-3 by West Bromwich Albion in their first home match of the 2018-19 season.

The teams were tied at 1-1 at the interval after Jordan Rhodes bagged his first for the Canaries only to have it cancelled out by Jay Rodriguez's penalty. Rhodes missed a spot kick of his own as the game edged towards half-time.

Albion then stormed to a two-goal cushion through Rodriguez's second and Harvey Barnes' neat finish. City responded through Teemu Pukki's first goal for the club but substitute Hal Robson-Kanu volleyed home to make it 4-2.

Grant Hanley kept the Canaries in the match with a superb header but it wasn't enough.

Daniel Farke made three changes to the side which fought back to draw 2-2 at Birmingham City last Saturday. Ivo Pinto made his return from injury in place of James Husband and Kenny McLean came in for his first City start in place of Tom Trybull. The other change saw Moritz Leitner deputise for Marco Stiepermann who dropped to the bench.

City were much the better side in the opening exchanges with Hernandez, last weekend’s hero, and the returning Pinto, in an unfamiliar left-back role, going close with long-range efforts.

Albion were kept quiet during that spell but Kieran Gibbs almost grabbed them the lead against the run of play on 21 minutes. He was invited to shoot on the edge of the box and his deflected had to be punched away by Tim Krul.

A goal was the only thing missing from City’s start and they managed to grab one midway through the first-half. Pukki managed to retrieve Hernandez’s cross at the back post and Rhodes then reacted quickest to plant the ball into the roof of net for his first goal in City colours.

Leitner immediately went close to doubling City’s lead moments later when he struck over from the edge of the box.

However, a momentary lapse in concentration allowed Albion a route back into the match. Ben Marshall misjudged a cross from the right and Gayle controlled before being bundled over by Krul – up stepped Rodriguez to send the City stopper the wrong way and equalise.

City didn’t let the setback half their offensive mindset though and they too were awarded a penalty on 37 minutes. Hernandez was fouled in the area but this time, Rhodes couldn’t add to his tally with Johnstone equal to his spot-kick.

The second-half got off to a bad start for the Canaries though as Rodriguez took aim from range. His swerving strike was too difficult for Krul to handle and the ball nestled into the far corner to give Albion the lead.

City almost responded when Rhodes connected with a Pukki cutback but Johnstone got down well to keep the ball out.

Albion were much improved in the second half and managed to extend their advantage on 65 minutes. Matt Phillips managed to keep the ball in on the right and his cutback was finished well by Barnes to make it 3-1.

The pendulum then swung back into City's favour. Hernandez's tenacity saw him win the ball back off Allan Nyom and his cross was slammed home by Pukki. But then it was the visitor's turn to add to their tally. Ahmed Hegazi was left unmarked at the back post following a corner and substitute Robson-Kanu volleyed home to make it 4-2.

City didn't give up the fight though. Grant Hanley emphatically headed Hernandez's cross home to give the home support hope but it wasn't enough as Albion took the points in a 4-3 thriller.

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