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Daniel Farke: Back to back wins are great for the mood

7 March 2020

Successive victories against Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur have created a feelgood factor around Lotus Training Centre, and it’s one that Head Coach Daniel Farke doesn’t want to go away any time soon.

“The last game was a perfect example of how much fun and joy football can spread over the whole community,” he said, speaking to the media on Friday. “It was a great win at Tottenham, and we wrote a bit of history for this club, getting to the quarter finals for the first time in 28 years.

“People were dancing and celebrating and that’s what football is all about – to make people happy, to allow them to celebrate together and sometimes be disappointed together. That unity and togetherness is why we play football, otherwise you would choose an individual sport.

“Back to back wins are even better for the mood, especially against such good sides like Leicester and Tottenham. In the end, it was a dramatic penalty shootout. We’ll go with this confidence into the crunch time period of the season and everything is still possible.

“We’re still in a difficult position and it will be a long road to make sure we are allowed to play in the Premier League, but we will try everything to make this little miracle happen.”

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Speaking of said miracle, the fabled 40-point mark is often talked about as the target sides need to reach to ensure safety in the topflight, but the boss insists he’s not looking too far ahead.

“We probably need to come as close as possible to 40 points,” he accepted. “If we get 30 points out of the last ten games, it will definitely be enough! To be honest, I don’t look so far ahead and I’m just sure that 21 points won’t be enough.

“We go into every game in order to win it anyhow, not to avoid a loss, but to attack and win. That’s still our spirit. We’ll fight for the three points in the next game and that’s all that matters.

“We are realistic, and we know which position we are in. We’re not too carried away. I don’t want to stop the feelgood factor because we’ve had to handle disappointing situations this season, but I don’t see any danger of us being over-confident. We’ll take it into the next game, and we will need it in a difficult task against Sheffield United.”

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The Blades were of course promoted alongside Norwich at the end of last season but have hugely surpassed expectations with their first season back in the Premier League.

“I’m full of respect for them and the job Chris Wilder has done,” Farke added. “They do an outstanding job for a team that’s promoted, but you can’t compare them with us because they have a different approach.

“They were already solid in defending last season and he has stuck to those players. They’re used to playing with each other. In the offense, they were able to add some quality players.

“We’ve played them several times over recent seasons and they more or less have the same philosophy. They know our squad perhaps better than any other team on this level because of that. It’s always a difficult game and both teams know they have to be on the top of their game to get a successful result.”

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Match Reports

Battling City beaten at Bramall Lane

7 March 2020

Norwich City were narrowly edged out by Sheffield United following a solitary Billy Sharp goal at Bramall Lane.

For large parts City weaved pretty patterns and controlled spells of the game, but were ultimately unable to breakdown a stubborn Blades backline.

And it was Sharp’s flying header midway through the opening half that proved the difference between the two side on what was ultimately a frustrating afternoon for Norwich and their 2,200 travelling supporters.

Following the midweek FA Cup success at Spurs, Daniel Farke reverted back to his last starting team that had previously featured in the Premier League against Leicester.

Kenny McLean, Alex Tettey, Ondrej Duda and Teemu Pukki were all back in from the off.

In what was a lively atmosphere in the early throes, Norwich looked settled and assured in possession.

The first clear chance of the contest arrived on 14 minutes. Pukki saw an initial header from Duda’s corner kick only half-cleared, before the Finn then smacked the loose ball against the outside of the post from the corner of the six-yard box.

Norwich were on top and dictating much of the play, with a series of clever combinations between Emi Buendia and Duda only lacking a final incisive pass.

The hosts did have their moments, but it took until the half-hour mark for their opportunity of note.

It came following a series of corner kicks targeted towards the back post. Oliver Norwood’s deliver bounced around the Norwich penalty area, with Jack O’Connell eventually firing goalwards only for McLean to acrobatically clear off the line.

But it was only a temporary respite, as Blades skipper Sharp headed home the opener on 36 minutes.

John Lundstram assumed space on the right touchline, before swirling a ball into the area with Sharp free to power home a header from point blank range.

Immediately sensing a second goal, Norwich had to weather a storm for the remaining minutes of the half, with Tim Krul repelling a Lundstram volley.

Farke introduced Josip Drmic at the half time interval, as the Canaries sought a route back into the game.

And the Switzerland international almost had an immediate impact, rising above a Blades defender before glancing Max Aarons’ centre marginally wide.

Norwich suddenly had more of a presence in the final third, but in committing numbers forward the hosts were also presented with opportunities.

Chris Basham shot over from an acute angle after chipping the ball over the head of McLean.

Mario Vrancic entered the action just after the hour mark, as City went all out for the equaliser.

With ten minutes to play City were somehow unable to scramble the ball home following a corner kick. Vrancic saw a header kept out by Dean Henderson, before Drmic’s follow up was diverted onto the bar by McGoldrick from a matter of inches out.

Henderson kept hold of the clean sheet again when Lewis volleyed towards goal in the 85th minute as City hunted desperately for an equalising goal.

That goal didn't come, with the Blades claiming all three points.

Sheffield United: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens (Osborn 60), Fleck, O’Connell, Basham, Lundstram, McBurnie (Berge 90'), Sharp (C) (McGoldrick 71), Egan, Norwood

Unused substitutes: Verrips, Jagielka, Mousset, Retsos

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Hanley (C), Lewis, Cantwell (Drmic 46), Buendia, Pukki, McLean, Duda (Idah 86'), Tettey (Vrancic 66)

Unused substitutes: McGovern, Zimmermann, Rupp, Stiepermann

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Ticket News

Ticket news: Sheffield United v Norwich City

17 February 2020

Tickets for Norwich City's visit to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Saturday, March 7 go on sale from Tuesday.

Tickets will be priced at:

Adults £30
60+ £25
18-21 £20
Students (in full-time education with NUS card) £20
Under-18s £16

Tickets will be available for purchase via the following sales windows at 9am:

Priority window - Tuesday, February 18
Away premier members
 - Wednesday, February 19
Away standard members - Thursday, February 20
Season ticket holders - Friday, February 21
General sale - Monday, February 24

Coach travel is priced at £21 with a £1 discount for away members and season ticket holders. Departure time is 9am.

Please note that Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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