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Daniel Farke: Forest are still challengers for the top six

9 December 2020

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke believes Nottingham Forest will be challenging for the top six this season, despite sitting 21st in the Championship ahead of tonight’s meeting between the two sides at Carrow Road.

“First of all, we have shown it many times that each and every game is very difficult,” he said. “I don't judge Nottingham Forest on their position now, I judge them by their potential. They are still challengers for the top six. 

“They have an experienced coach and I think they are one of the best teams in the offence in the league. It is just a question of time until they start an unbeaten run. It is not if more when.

“Since Chris (Hughton) took over, they have had some unbelievably bad luck with injuries. You can see his handwriting because of their attacking play.

“The team is struggling a bit but they have quality and with his leadership and knowledge, it is just a question of time until they start a really good run. We know we have to be fully focused and fully switched on against them.”

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Max Aarons is set to make his 100th Norwich City appearance against Forest, and Farke was full of praise for the young full-back in his pre-match press conference.

“Max is an outstanding player on many topics,” he said. “I can't praise him enough for what he has done since his first game. From this moment, he has been improving and growing on a daily basis. 

“To see his development as a person as well is great. He is unbelievably humble and keeps his feet on the ground. He was named as one of the best young players in this league recently and I said he is not a young player anymore because he is getting to 100 appearances. 

“That is now an experienced player, even though he is still very young. There is still even more to come. He knows he can work on his end product to assist a bit more and to score a bit more.”

Players looking to follow in the footsteps of Max Aarons include Norwich City Academy graduates Tyrese Omotoye, Andrew Omobamidele, Reece McAlear, Tom Dickson-Peters and Daniel Barden, who have all featured in the first-team squad in recent weeks.

“The young lads are great,” Farke added. “I have to praise them. It is a good sign when you bring in a young player and he is available to deliver - to be there and to get the ball and to go for the corner flag. 

“I praised (Omotoye) him in the analysis meeting for this because I told him before that in this situation he shouldn't be too greedy. He should go for the corner flag and not give them a throw-in or a goal kick so we can press them. It is great when the young players listen like this.

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“When I think about last season, Jordan Thomas and Akin Famewo had their debuts at Manchester City. They know they have a club that trusts them, but they still have to work hard. There are no gifts. They have to work incredibly hard, but once they are ready and prepared, we will play them.”

Finally, Farke also discussed the return of a small number of fans, with 2,000 supporters returning to Carrow Road as of Saturday’s win against Sheffield Wednesday.

“It was great to have our supporters back in,” he said. “We did have a pilot project where one thousand were allowed in and I was surprised then by how loud they were. They took a responsibility to shout for us and make it feel like we had a full stadium.

“Football is a game for supporters, it is a game for human beings and we need them all back as soon as possible. It is great to have some of them back.”

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Match Reports

Sorensen and Buendia net in City win over Forest

9 December 2020

Norwich City recorded back-to-back victories with a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Jacob Sorensen his first City goal on the stroke of half-time with a fierce effort after Forest failed to clear a cross.

Anthony Knockaert's cross-cum-shot saw the visitors equalise on 72 minutes but City regained their advantage when Emi Buendia's deflected effort wrongfooted Brice Samba to make it 2-1.

They held on in the closing stages to secure a tenth league victory this season and strengthen their position at the top of the Sky Bet Championship in the process.

Daniel Farke named two changes to his starting eleven from Saturday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday, with Christoph Zimmermann and Josh Martin coming in to replace the injured Ben Gibson and Przemyslaw Placheta.

There were welcome sights on the bench for the Canaries, with Jordan Hugill, Kieran Dowell, Todd Cantwell and Kenny McLean all returning.

Usual start from City dictating the play in possession. Patience forced Sow into a rash challenge on six minutes, leading to City being awarded with a free kick in a dangerous position, but Mario Vrancic curled over.

City started to up the ante around ten minutes in, with Vrancic sending a stinging drive straight at Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba and Emi Buendia then having a shot defletced wide off Teemu Pukki.

City continued their dominance with the ball throughout the first-half, but had to be wary of Forest’s threat on the counter and from aerial balls. Sammy Ameobi nodded a Cyrus Christie cross just wide on 22 minutes, before Joe Lolley cut in from the right and struck low onto the post five minutes later.

Following that Forest flurry, normal service resumed but City still continued to find room in-between the Forest defence and midfield in short supply.

However, Chris Hughton’s side’s resistance was broken in the final minute of the first-half. Sorensen fed Marco Stiepermann in the area and his cross deflected off a Forest body and into the air – Sorensen was the most alert of the players on the pitch and he rifled the ball past Samba to give the Canaries a deserved lead at half-time.

That goal gave the game a more open feel in the second-half, with Forest keen to push higher up the pitch to force an equaliser.

City almost profited from that just minutes after the restart, with Stiepermann has a low strike destined for the bottom corner saved well by Samba. The rebound was crossed in by Pukki and Buendia swivelled but couldn't get a shot away.

Lolley then curled a free kick narrowly over before Pukki linked up well with Stiepermann but sent a low shot wide from a tight angle at the other end.

Forest's second change brought them an equaliser on 73 minutes. Knockaert had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes but his left-footed cross curled past the jumps of both City and Forest men in the box all the way into the far corner.

The scores were only level for five minutes, though. Farke brought on Alex Tettey and Todd Cantwell to change things up and the latter was involved straight away. He did well to create room for Buendia on the edge of the box and the Argentine's effort took a big deflection before heading into the bottom corner.

City navigated their way through the closing stages to record another important victory.

Norwich XI: McGovern (GK), Aarons, Hanley (c), Zimmermann, Vrancic, Buendia (McLean, 82), Stiepermann (Tettey, 76), Sorensen, Skipp, Pukki (Omotoye 90+3), Martin (Cantwell, 76)
Subs not used: Barden (GK), Hugill, Dowell, McLean, Omobamidele
Goals: Sorensen (45+2), Buendia (77)
Bookings: Skipp (54), Buendia (59), Aarons (74)
Red cards: None

Nottingham Forest XI: Samba (GK), Christie (Jenkinson, 86), Figueiredo, Worrall (c), Ribeiro, Ameobi, Cafu, Sow (Mighten, 86), Lolley, Arter (Knockaert, 71), Taylor (Guerrero, 63)
Subs not used: Smith (GK), Mbe Soh, Dawson, Ioannou, Swan
Goals: Knockaert (72)
Bookings:
Sow (27)
Red cards:
None

HT: 1-0
Venue: Carrow Road
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Darren Bond

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Ticket News

Ticket update: Nottingham Forest

7 December 2020

There are a limited number of tickets available for Norwich City's upcoming Sky Bet Championship match against Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, December 9 and tickets are now on general sale.

For full announcement on the ticket application process and protocols in place for the fixture, click here.

Pricing
Adults: £30
Over-65s: £20
Under-18s: £10

Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.canaries.co.uk or over the phone on 01603 721902 (option 1).

Tickets will not be available to purchase in-person at either the Carrow Road ticket office or the club’s city centre Fan Hub.

The complimentary iFollow offering will remain in place for those season ticket holders who are unable to attend the upcoming home fixtures. For further details click here.

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