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Match Preview: Norwich City

All the news, views and info ahead of tonight's trip to Carrow Road

22 December 2017

Norwich City vs Brentford

Friday 22 December

Carrow Road, 7.45pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

After a summer overhaul which included a new coaching team, eight arrivals, and nine departures, the pressure is starting to mount on Head Coach Daniel Farke. Just one win in ten in all competitions going into tonight's game has The Canaries down in 16th position in the Sky Bet Championship, ten points off the top six.  

Goals have been the big problem for City. They have netted just 21 times in 22 league games, with only 11 of them coming at home. Only four players have found the net on multiple occasions this campaign while top scorer Nelson Oliveira has scored just six times. At the other end of the pitch, The Canaries are also without a clean sheet in their last ten.

Team News

Norwich's search for goals tonight won't be helped by the absence of both Wes Hoolahan and Cameron Jerome. Hip and back injuries respectively mean the pair join long-term absentees Matt Jarvis, Remi Matthews and Louis Thompson in the treatment room. However, captain Ivo Pinto is expected to overcome a hamstring issue to be fit with James Husband and Jamal Lewis also targeting a return. 

For The Bees, Josh Clarke will miss out after picking up a knock in Saturday's draw against Barnsley. Henrik Dalsgaard faces a race to be fit in time for tonight's game while Alan Judge continues to work his way back to full-fitness. There's better news up front as Lasse Vibe is available for selection after recovering from the injury he picked up against Fulham. 

The Manager

Daniel Farke took over at Carrow Road in the summer after two years as Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund II. Farke's playing career was dominated by three spells with SV Lippstadt 08, the club with whom he started his managerial career in 2009. 

The 41-year-old spent six years with SV, earning back-to-back promotions from the Westfalenliga to the Regionalliga West, the fourth tier of German football. In 2015, Farke took over from Huddersfield-bound David Wagner at Borussia II, a position he held until May this year when he headed to East Anglia. 

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith looking forward to "mouth-watering" Christmas fixtures

Opposition View: David Freezer of the Norwich Evening News gives us the inside scoop on The Canaries

Ref Watch: Find out more about the man in charge for tonight's game

Stats Zone: Check out the facts and figures ahead of this evening's encounter

Moment in Time: Re-live our victorious trip to Carrow Road in January 1996

We Meet Again: Jota and Alex Pritchard score to give us the win in East Anglia in January 2015

Ticket News

More than 800 tickets have been sold for tonight's game and they are now off sale with no Pay on the Day at Carrow Road. 

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.15pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Simon Ratcliffe.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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Match Reports

Norwich City 1 Brentford 2

Brentford start Christmas programme with away win

22 December 2017

Your Norwich City v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Lasse Vibe scored two first half goals as Brentford won at Carrow Road in the league for only the second time in their history. The Danish striker fired home two goals in five minutes at the end of the first half, finishing a pair of superb passes from Romaine Sawyers. And that was enough to get The Bees the win. Norwich had a lot of the ball and scored in stoppage time to raise the potential that they could take a point but Brentford’s well-drilled defence held firm and they got a 2-1 win.

The victory extended Brentford’s current run of Sky Bet Championship form to two defeats in 16 matches as the season reaches its halfway point. And The Bees were well worth their win. Norwich’s Angus Gunn was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and with Andreas Bjelland imperious alongside the fledgling Chris Mepham, the home side were reduced to set pieces and long-range efforts for the majority of their chances. The late goal may have caused some concern but Brentford had done enough to get the victory.

Brentford started the game brightly and could have been ahead inside two minutes. The Bees had already kept the ball deep in Norwich territory when Ollie Watkins cut in off the left and curled a shot that beat Gunn but hit the far post, it rebounded in to the box but Vibe did not react quickly enough and could only turn the ball wide of the unguarded net on the stretch. The two combined for Brentford’s other good chance of the first half hour when Vibe crossed and Watkins met it with a powerful header but Gunn made a fine save from the effort, which deflected off Ivo Pinto and looked to have beaten the goalkeeper.

That woodwork strike came before the pattern of the game had truly been established and when it was it was probably the hosts that started to take the upper hand. They looked to play a possession-based game plan, happy to have the ball in defence and play through the pitch to create chances. They did, however, had a lot of the ball in areas that did not really hurt The Bees and Brentford sat in to invite Norwich to play in front of them.

Nélson Oliveira played as the lone striker for the home side and had two early sights of goal. He met a cross from Marco Stiepermann with a header but Yoann Barbet got a block in and Daniel Bentley saved. The striker had a shot soon after that hit his own man – Marley Watkins – and when Kamohelo Mokotjo conceded possession to Oliveira soon after, there was a good piece of defending from Mepham to prevent a clear run at goal.

By the time the midway point of the first half arrive the two Watkins chances were the closest either team had come but Brentford had started to take control. Sawyers was knitting the play together and The Bees were using the ball in areas of the pitch that could hurt Norwich. Sawyers fired over after exchanging passes with both Watkins and Vibe and Barbet had a shot saved soon after.

Alex Pritchard had a shot blocked for the hosts and that came just after a triple escape for The Bees. James Maddison’s corner was met by Timm Klose, Watkins got on to it for the hosts but Bentley made a point blank save. The ball was recycled and Pritchard’s shot was blocked but it fell for Oliveira ten yards out, Bentley saved and then pushed away the second shot by the Norwich striker. Still the danger was not clear as a cross came in from the right and Klose, still up from the back, met it with a powerful header that clipped the post on its way wide.

Those chances came slightly against the run of play at that point and Brentford made their growing dominance count with two goals in five minutes, both for Vibe. The first came when it looked if a move had broken down on the edge of the box but Watkins won the ball from Grant Hanley with a firm challenge, Sawyers fed Vibe and the Danish striker slotted low past Gunn. The first-time finish was instinctive from the Brentford man and left Gunn floundering.

It was two soon after when Sawyers and Watkins set up Vibe for a near post shot that was well saved by Gunn. Brentford, however, recycled well and Sawyers picked the pass brilliantly again, Vibe found the finish again from a similar inside left position and Gunn was once again left to pick the ball out of his net. The boos rang out around Carrow Road as Brentford moved in to a commanding position.

But the home side looked to respond. Hanley could have reduced the arrears with a header from close range from a Pritchard corner but Bentley saved and immediately got Brentford moving. His quick throw released Watkins and The Bees surged forward, the ball was moved to Jozefzoon and he cut inside before curling a shot inches past the post. Barbet could have made it three late in the half when he met a Watkins free kick but his header deflected wide.

Maddison had a shot blocked late in the half but the home side had it all to do at the break. For all their possession, Norwich’s best chances had come from dead balls and Brentford were the more incisive of the teams. The hosts also had to make a change at the break with central defender Hanley off injured, to be replaced by Christoph Zimmerman. The Bees also had to make a change early in the second half with two-goal Vibe, only just back from injury, replaced by Neal Maupay.

Norwich, as would be expected, started the second half on the front foot. There was a little more incision to their passing as they tried to play in Brentford territory. Pritchard fired across the face of goal just after the break and when a ball dropped to Oliveira 18 yards out, he volleyed high and handsome, hitting the roof of the stand.

But that was almost the end of the surge from the hosts. The Bees sat in and made themselves hard to break down while Norwich played in front and looked to thread a pass, to the annoyance of the home fans. Brentford also broke superbly, epitomised when Bentley saved an Oliveira header and set Barbet away, his long pass seemed to allow Jozefzoon in on goal but Harrison Reed got back to make a tackle. Sawyers also had a shot blocked before a Maupay effort from a Watkins cross deflected wide.

Oliveira had a shot blocked and Mario Vrančić fired wide on the turn before centre half Klose almost opened Brentford up. The defender ran from deep and threaded a pas for Vrančić to run on to, he lifted it over the quickly onrushing Bentley but the ball clipped the bar on the way over. Maddison saw a shot blocked and Oliveira headed straight at Bentley as Norwich started to press but without success.

And Brentford had chances to make it safe. After a series of passes Sergi Canós turned clear and headed towards goal before letting fly with a shot that Gunn pushed wide. Barbet also missed the target with an effort before Oliveira shot embarrassingly over from ten yards after good work by Maddison. Oliveira finally made his mark in stoppage time when he turned smartly and drilled home from 18 yards. That gave the hosts four minutes to find a goal but they barely entered Brentford territory and when referee Jeremy Simpson brought the game to a close, it was The Bees that were celebrating.

Norwich City: Gunn; Pinto, Klose, Hanley (sub Zimmermann h/t), Stiepermann (sub Lewis 68 mins); Reed, Vrančić; Pritchard, Maddison, Watkins (sub Murphy 68 mins); Oliveira

Subs (not used): McGovern, Wildschut, Trybull, Tettey

Bookings: Stiepermann (45 mins), Pritchard (79 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Yennaris, Mepham, Bjelland, Barbet; Woods; Jozefzoon (sub Canós 73 mins), Sawyers, Mokotjo (Sub McEachran 83 mins), Watkins; Vibe (sub Maupay 54 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Sørensen, Chatzitheodoridis, Macleod

Bookings: Sawyers (58 mins) (fourth of season), Maupay (60 mins) (seventh of season)

Attendance: 26,725

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Ticket News

Last call: buy your Norwich away tickets before 4pm

Less than 150 tickets left for our trip to Norwich City and coaches sold out

21 December 2017

The Bees travel to Norwich City tomorrow (7.45pm) and if you want to follow us and show your support for Dean Smith's men at Carrow Road, book your tickets now - or risk missing out! Our free coaches for this trip are now sold out.

Please note: tickets will not be available on matchday 


  • Season Ticket Holders: Friday 8 December, 10am (four per person)
  • Club Members: Monday 11 December, 10am (four per person)
  • General Sale: Wednesday 13 December, 10am (four per person)

Ticket sales end at 2pm Thursday 21 December.

Tickets available: 980

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Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 2.45pm. 

Book your free place on the coach online under Travel Tickets – no coach tickets will be issued, your email will be your receipt of booking. Book over the phone via the Ticket Office 0208 847 2511(option 1) or in person. Coaches are stewarded but not supervised, therefore no Under 18s are permitted to travel on the coaches unless they are accompanied by an adult.


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Reserved seating and no standing permitted. Offenders will be removed from the stadium.


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Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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