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Daniel Farke: We have to be mentally strong to handle this situation

1 March 2019

Daniel Farke said his City side will travel with self-confidence to Millwall on Saturday following consecutive league victories.

Norwich's last two games have seen them beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 before edging past Bristol City at Carrow Road last time out. And Farke is hoping they can carry on their good run of form at The Den on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Farke said: “When you are in this position as league leaders it’s the same wherever you travel, the home crowd are unbelievably excited and our opponents are motivated because they want to get a good result against the league leaders.

“You have to be mentally strong to handle this situation, because you can’t avoid all the long-balls so that means you always have to be switched on to win the header and to win the second balls.”

Millwall have lost their last two games, but Farke knows his team will still have to be at their best in order to come home with the points.

“They will try to get under our skin and will try to break our rhythm, but we are prepared for this," he said. 

“We know they lost their last two games in the league, but they conceded just one goal in the four games before. Especially in the home games, they are often there with clean sheets or conceding just one goal.

“It’s difficult to create chances against them and of course they have lots of physical threats, you have to be careful not to concede too many set-pieces because they are unbelievably strong from these.”

The Canaries welcome back Alex Tettey who is available for selection after returning to team training last week. This mean’s most of City’s First Team players are back fit, but the City boss is happy to be able to choose from a big selection of players.

Farke said: “We very nearly have all the quality players back. It doesn’t help as much with the decision making in terms of management, sometimes it’s a bit tricky, but that’s the situation you are always looking for as a Head Coach.

“It’s good that we have them available, there is lots of competition on the training pitch, and the most important thing is we go further on with our committed spirit, with togetherness and a good atmosphere in the dressing room.

“Of course each and every player wants to play, and we have had some really experienced players on the bench in recent weeks, but my feeling is they are thinking more about the group than themselves at the moment.”

Last time out against the Lions, City won 4-3 in dramatic fashion when stoppage-time goals from Jordan Rhodes and Teemu Pukki secured the three points.

“We had to be mentally strong to come back with two late goals, especially how we scored those goals, it was exactly with our philosophy and our idea of how we want to play football," said Farke. 

“It was one of the key moments of this season, but it’s too early to judge this season in general and watch back and talk about key moments, so the most important thing is that we go further on and to be successful as we can be.”

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Match Reports

Norwich City battle to important victory over Millwall

2 March 2019

Norwich City produced a gritty, determined display to beat Millwall 3-1 at The Den.

They took the lead when Marco Stiepermann nestled home a rebound but Millwall responded just before the interval through a Shaun Williams header.

But the Canaries wrestled back the initiative in the second-half and goals from Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki helped them to three priceless points.

Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting eleven for the third successive game, with his squad boosted by the return of Alex Tettey on the bench. Aston Oxborough also made a rare appearance in the matchday squad to ensure City’s 18 complied with homegrown rules.

There was a scare early on for City as Millwall showed their threat from set-pieces. A deep corner from Shane Ferguson was nodded towards goal by Jake Cooper but a combination of bodies ensured the ball was cleared.

City weathered the early storm and managed to settle into their passing style, eventually reaping the benefits on 16 minutes. Onel Hernandez cut inside from the left and exchanged passes with Emi Buendia before having a low shot well-saved by Jordan Archer, however Stiepermann was there to smash home the rebound from just inside the area.

Stiepermann almost turned provider on 28 minutes when he zipped a teasing left-footed delivery across the face of goal but Teemu Pukki couldn’t quite apply a finishing touch in the area.

It should have been two for City in the 38th minute. Steve Morison was dispossessed and Pukki was sent racing clear into the Millwall half. He decided to go alone despite support from Stiepermann to his right and Archer smothered his low strike.

Millwall improved as the game approached the break and managed to score an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. A low corner from the left was flicked on at the near post by Steve Morison and Williams managed to nod the ball home via the woodwork.

The opening exchanges of the second-half were scrappy and neither side could mount a flow of concerted pressure. The only real chance was when Max Aarons' deflected cross went just wide on 57 minutes.

Despite struggling to create in open play, City managed to retake the lead via a corner on 70 minutes. Emi Buendia's near post delivery was met by Zimmermann and he thundered his header past the despairing Archer.

City could have stretched their lead moments later when Aarons' crosse caused havoc in the penalty area. Pukki snatched at his first-time volley but it fell kindly for Buendia who scuffed his effort over from six-yards.

But the Canaries didn't have to wait long for their third. On 80 minutes, Buendia sliced the Millwall defence open with a pinpoint through ball and Pukki's first touch took him away from his markers before he finishes emphatically past Archer.

There was a huge scramble in the area on 85 minutes as Millwall searched for a route back into the game. Morison and Mahlon Romeo both try to divert the ball home but a combination of Tim Krul and City bodies prevented them.

And that was the last action of an important Norwich City victory in south London.

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Ticket news: Millwall

5 February 2019

Tickets for Norwich’s trip to The Den to take on Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship are on sale now.

City last faced the Lions in a seven-goal thriller at Carrow Road in November, with late goals from Jordan Rhodes and Teemu Pukki giving Norwich the win. And now the Canaries will travel to south east London for their second meeting of the season on Saturday, March 2, with kick-off at 3pm.

Upper tier tickets for the game have now sold out, however tickets for the lower tier are now available to buy.

Lower tier tickets are priced at:

Adults £28
Over-61s £19
Under-18s £15
Under-16s £14
Under-12s £9

Coach travel is also available for £22 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders and members. The coach will depart Carrow Road at 10.45am.

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

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