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Match Preview: Norwich City vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to Carrow Road

26 October 2018

Thomas Frank takes The Bees to East Anglia tomorrow with Norwich City the opponents. Below you will find all the match info and build-up as Thomas looks for his first victory as Head Coach.

THE OPPOSITION

Talked about as promotion challengers in each of the last three seasons, this season looks like it could be The Canaries best chance of ending their three-year exodus from the top flight of English football. 

Daniel Farke's arrival in the summer of 2017 preceded massive upheaval at Carrow Road and ended in an ultimately disappointing 14th placed finish last season. However, judging by Norwich's recent run of form it looks like the work put in last campaign has acted as a solid foundation for a run at the top six this time round. 

Norwich's summer was dominated by the departure of a host of key player. James Maddison and Josh Murphy made the jump to the Premier League with Leicester City and Cardiff City while Wes Hoolahan retired and Angus Gunn returned to parent club Manchester City.

Despite all that, City go into tomorrow's game on a run of six wins in eight Sky Bet Championship games. By no means have Farke's side been spectacular this season; all but one of their league wins have come by a single goal and their nine home goals is comfortably inside the bottom third of the division, however, they have been consistent and found ways to win when needed. 

Summer signing Teemu Puki has quickly become a fans favourite, netting six goals in 13 games since joining, while at the other end of the pitch Tim Krul has been earning rave reviews since he swapped Brighton for Norwich in July.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Mepham returns from suspension for tomorrow's trip but The Bees are still sweating on the fitness of defender Julian Jeanvier after he missed the last two games with a foot injury. Emiliano Marcondes and Marcus Forss will however both miss out through injury. 

On a more positive front, Josh Dasilva came through 90 minutes for Brentford B on Wednesday night while Rico Henry returned from a 13-month absence in the same game, playing 45 minutes. 

For The Canaries, top scorer Pukki is set to miss out with a hamstring problem as is Louis Thompson who suffered a dislocated shoulder late on during Norwich's win over Aston Villa on Tuesday. 

THE MANAGER

Daniel Farke took over at Carrow Road in the summer of 2017 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 boss David Wagner at Borussia II, a position he held until May last year when he headed to East Anglia.

HEAD TO HEAD

Brentford wins: 22

Draws: 9

Norwich City wins: 25

LAST TIME OUT

Two Romaine Sawyers assists for two clinical Lasse Vibe finishes, that was what it took to wrap up the three points on our last visit to Carrow Road

TICKET AND TRAVEL INFO

There will be Pay on the Day from the Carrow Road Ticket Office, cash only:

Adults (18-64) £25
Seniors (65+) £15
Under 18 £10
Under 12 £5

MATCH COVERAGE

Mark Burridge is your host for Matchday Live from 2.30pm at Carrow Road, he'll be joined by Simon Ratcliffe and Ciaran Brett to take you through the game's action.

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 0

Bees slip to defeat in East Anglia

27 October 2018

A single goal was enough for Norwich City to take the points and condemn Brentford to defeat on a wet and wild afternoon in East Anglia. The only goal of the game was scored by Emi Buendía just past the half hour and Brentford could not find a way back. Daniel Bentley saved a penalty at the end of the first period to keep The Bees in touch and although Neal Maupay hit the crossbar late on, Brentford slipped to defeat.

It was probably a harsh loss on the balance of the 90 minutes. The game had been even, with Brentford perhaps holding the upper hand slightly, when Norwich took the lead and although they had a good spell after, they were never dominant. Brentford had much the better of the second period, albeit they did not create as much as their possession might have and could have earned a point with late chances, but they were not taken and Norwich got the win.

There was an even start to the encounter with both teams setting out their stalls inside the first ten minutes. Norwich tried to get their team as high up the pitch as possible, preventing Brentford playing in and out of midfield. They worked hard off the ball and tried to win possession back in Brentford territory and turn that in to chances.

Brentford were prepared to be circumspect in the opening exchanges. They tried to play through Norwich’s midfield when they could but were also happy to bide their time and keep the ball in their own defensive areas when needed. The Bees looked to find Sergi Canós when they could and went long on occasions to try and get him on the ball in attacking areas.

It was Canós who brought early saves out of Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul. His first shot, six minutes in, took a slight deflection and Krul failed to gather but was bailed out by Christoph Zimmermann, who beat Maupay to the loose ball. Krul also saved from Canós later in the half while a clever Henrik Dalsgaard pass set up Brentford’s best chance of the opening quarter. Romaine Sawyers got in behind and found Maupay, he set up Ollie Watkins but the shot from 18 yards was high and wide.

A Max Aarons shot at the other end may have tested Bentley but hit Jordan Rhodes and deflected away and another shot from Alex Tettey was blocked by Chris Mepham. Marco Stiepermann picked up the loose ball but his shot was blocked by Sawyers. Rhodes got in behind the Brentford back line but failed to connect properly with an attempt to lob Bentley and Buendía blasted a Stiepermann cross high and wide after arriving late in to the penalty area.

The first 30 minutes had been fiercely contested but fairly even. Both teams had chances and while Krul had been the busier goalkeeper, Norwich had probably worked the better positions. Brentford were finding it hard to pick the right pass in attacking areas and another good opening came to nothing when a Yoann Barbet shot was blocked after Maupay and Canós had both looked as if they could work space. Tettey at the base of Norwich’s midfield was making it hard to Brentford to create good openings but when the home side went ahead just past the half hour, it was probably against the run of play.

It was also a goal that was far too simple from Brentford’s perspective. Timm Klose was able to loft a ball from the left side of his defence over the Brentford back line for Buendía to come in off the right flank and divert an effort, first time, past Bentley and in to the corner. There was no pressure on the pass, the run was unchecked, and the chance was finished well which meant Brentford had to come from behind again.

It should probably have been worse before the break for The Bees and the game could have been over. After some interplay on the right, a Todd Cantwell backheel gave Rhodes a chance to shoot but his effort dribbled across the face of goal. Zimmermann then lashed well over before Norwich were awarded a penalty in the last action of the half. A clever pass let Jamal Lewis in on the left and his cross was falling for Aarons before the right back came together with Watkins. Referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot but Bentley went away to his left to keep out a rather week effort from Rhodes and ensure Brentford were only one behind at the interval.

Rhodes went close again after the break, heading an Aarons corner just past the far post, but it was a quiet opening to the second half. Brentford dominated possession after the interval and were playing in Norwich territory but failed to create too many chances. Watkins had a shot blocked at source after picking up a Sawyers pass but too many opportunities to play a good final ball came to nothing.

The Bees rang the changes at the minutes ticked down. They had been forced in to a first half change with Josh McEachran replacing the injured Kamohelo Mokotjo and Saïd Benrahma followed early in the second half. McEachran was starting to dictate play as Brentford found a way to pass through the Norwich midfield and Brentford were higher up the pitch as a result. Benrahma and Lewis Macleod, Brentford’s third substitute, combined to create a chance that should have seen the game levelled.

Benrahma found space in the centre of the pitch and let fly with a shot that Krul saved unconvincingly to his right, Macleod arrived first and got off the next effort that was again saved but the ball rolled free and Maupay met it on the stretch, but he could only hit the crossbar from four yards. Maupay slipped as he tried to connect, and the ball was running away from him, but he would have expected to score and bring Brentford level.

And that was as close as Brentford came. Maupay had another shot blocked later in the game while a looping Mepham header was saved. Watkins almost conjured a goal when he got on to a short corner and weaved in to the box but the powerful Norwich rear-guard stood firm again to keep Brentford out. At the other end Bentley saved from Cantwell and Onel Hernández lashed over to ensure the game was still alive in the dying seconds but Brentford couldn’t find a goal and Norwich took the points.

Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Klose, Zimmermann, Lewis; Tettey; Buendía (sub Hernández 84 mins), Stiepermann, Leitner (sub Trybull 90 mins), Cantwell; Rhodes (sub Srbeny 79 mins)

Subs (not used): McGovern, Godfrey, Marshall, Vrančić

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Konsa, Mepham, Barbet; Mokotjo (sub McEachran 30 mins), Canós (sub Benrahma 57 mins), Yennaris (sub Macleod 71 mins), Sawyers, Watkins; Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Odubajo, Clarke, Judge

Bookings: Dalsgaard (5 mins) (fourth of season)

Attendance: 25,443

 

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Ticket News

Pay on the day at Carrow Road

The Bees travel to Norwich City this afternoon

27 October 2018

The Bees travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City today. With tickets available to buy at the ground this afternoon there is still time to make the trip and help our players push up the table.

PRICES (Cash Only)

 

Adults (18-64)

Seniors 
(65+)

Under 18

Under 12

Standard prices

£25

£15

£10

£5

Disabled

£25

£15

£10

£5

Matchday sales will be from the Ticket Office at Carrow Road, located at the opposite end of the South Stand from the Holiday Inn. 

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 10am. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371 or 07414 883220, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

 

Travel Club 
Members

Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members

General
Sale

Prices

£21

£23

£26

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email lindajgilham@icloud.com

MATCHDAY INFO

Persistent standing is not permitted.

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

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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