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Match Preview: Brentford vs Norwich City

All the info ahead of tonight's visit from The Canaries

27 October 2020

Our next assignment in the Sky Bet Championship comes tonight as we welcome Norwich City to our new home. The Canaries have won their last three and head to TW8 inside the early season Play-Off spots. Below you will find all the information and build-up to the big game.

THE OPPOSITION

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Any fears Norwich City fans had that last season's difficult Premier League campaign would spill over into this term appear to be receding as Daniel Farke's men head to TW8 fifth in the Championship after seven games. 

The Canaries won just five times in the top flight last campaign and were a fixture in the bottom three from October onwards. Farke's men lost their last ten league games, nine of those defeats coming after the restart, finishing 13-points adrift at the bottom of the table. 

This season's early signs weren't all that reassuring as The Canaries won just one of their first five games in all competitions. However, since returning from the October international break, Farke's men have reeled off consecutive wins over Rotherham United, Birmingham City, and Wycombe Wanderers. 

A side that keeps going to the end, their winners in those last three games have come in the 90th, 87th, and 90th minute.

Teemu Pukki and Mario Vrancic are City's top scorers with two goals each but it is at the other end Norwich have impressed so far, conceding just six times in their opening seven matches. 

The playing squad saw plenty of upheaval this summer. Ben Godfrey (Everton) and Jamal Lewis (Newcastle United) were sold to balance the books with Kieran Dowell (Everton) and Jordan Hugill (West Ham United) among eight players brought in permanently. Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur), Xavi Quintillà (Villarreal), and Ben Gibson (Burnley) also joined on loan.

TEAM NEWS

There will be no Christian Norgaard, Mads Roerslev (both ankle), Shandon Baptiste, or Pontus Jansson (hamstring) tonight but Emiliano Marcondes is fit to return after missing Saturday's trip to Stoke City.

Todd Cantwell (hip) is a doubt for The Canaries while Josh Martin, Christoph Zimmermann, Sam Byram, Kieran Dowell and Onel Hernandez all remain sidelined. Adam Idah is suspended but Marco Stiepermann could return after missing the last two. 

THE MANAGER

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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 at Borussia II, a position he held until he headed to East Anglia just over three years ago. He followed up a 14th-placed finish during his first season with the 2018/19 Championship crown, his third promotion in seven years. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

⚖ Jeremy Simpson will be the man in charge tonight

🆚 Connor Southwell from the Eastern Daily Press previews The Canaries

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Late leveller denies Brentford all three points against Norwich

27 October 2020

Brentford were forced to a settle for a point against Norwich City after the visitors equalised in the dying stages with a deflected goal. The Bees had the better of most of the contest and had a 1-0 lead going in to the final three minutes thanks to Ivan Toney’s eighth goal of the season. But a shot from Kenny McLean that was more than a little speculative deflected in off Mads Bech Sørensen and Norwich had a share of the spoils.

Brentford will feel they deserved to win overall. The visitors started well but The Bees dominated for more than an hour and could have had more than one goal to show for it. That they did not have that second goal proved to be vital when Norwich found a late leveller to take a point in a 1-1 draw.

It was obvious from the early exchanges that the two teams both came with intentions to attack and were matched up well. They employed similar styles, playing mostly short, through defence and in to midfield and looking to get the ball in and out of the centre of the park quickly. Both were content to be patient if needed, had their attacking players high up the pitch out of possession and wanted to win the ball in opposition territory.

It was a fairly even start to the game with Norwich perhaps slightly shading the opening quarter. They had a little more possession and the best chance of the opening exchanges with deep lying midfield players Oliver Skipp and Lukus Rupp seeing a lot of the ball. They should have gone ahead when a flick by Rupp set Emi Buendía away, he worked his way past Henrik Dalsgaard and Ethan Pinnock but was unable to beat David Raya. Buendía took half of Brentford’s defence out of the game with a great touch and clever feint but his shot was too close to Raya and the home goalkeeper pushed it over the bar.

Norwich had other chances in the early stages. Rupp had a shot blocked and Raya held on to a header from Jacob Sørensen after Grant Hanley had won a deep free kick. Norwich’s Sørensen had not been due to start the game but was a late change when Xavi Quintillà pulled out just before kick-off. He had a good start to the game at left back but failed to get on top of his attempt at goal.

Mario Vrančić headed over for the visitors and was then set up by Rupp for a shot from 22 yards that flew wide during an opening 20 minutes where Norwich were turning good possession in to chances. Brentford had an early sight of goal when Mathias Jensen go on to a long throw that dropped loose but his shot was blocked. Another long throw fell to Dalsgaard at the far post but his shot on the swivel bounced wide.

As the half wore on, Brentford started to take command of the game. Jensen was dictating play at the base of the home midfield with Emiliano Marcondes and Josh Dasilva taking up more advanced positions to assist their attacking colleagues and stop Norwich playing up the pitch. The Bees forced errors and by the time they went ahead, they deserved their lead.

The goal came when Brentford won the ball in the Norwich half as Todd Cantwell gave it to Jensen. Jensen played the ball to Mbeumo and Saman Ghoddos was released in to space. Mbeumo raced in to the area and fed the ball across the box for Toney to convert from close range. Brentford had ruthlessly exploited a change in possession and had the lead just before the half hour.

An earlier mistake by Tim Krul could have seen Brentford ahead a few minutes earlier but Dasilva, after good work by Marcondes and Toney, bounced a cross-cum-shot wide of the far post. Once they got ahead, The Bees pushed forward, looking to make the most of their advantage. After a long spell of possession and Dasilva cross dropped to Jensen 18 yards out and his shot flew past Krul but wide of the far post.

Marcondes could have doubled the lead when he met a Rico Henry cross 12 yards out, but he flicked a header wide and there was a great chance soon after. The Bees played a throw in short, Jensen delivered and Toney met the cross with a powerful header that looked to have beaten Krul before the goalkeeper flew away to his right to save. The ball dropped and Mbeumo fired in to the side netting from a tight angle when he probably had a little more time that he thought.

The Bees seemed in complete control, but Norwich ended the half well and could have levelled when Hanley met a Buendía free kick 12 yards out, but he headed over the bar. That pattern was not, however, continued after the break. The visitors made a change at the interval with Przemtsław Płacheta replacing Cantwell, but The Bees had command. They continued to control the midfield area and were creating the better chances.

Pinnock headed a deep free kick across the penalty area, but no-one could get there to force it home and when a long throw dropped loose inside the penalty area, Marcondes was set to shoot when Buendía robbed him. The Bees appealed that a foul had been committed but referee Jeremy Simpson waved away protests. A fierce Jensen shot stung the palms of Krul soon after and the Norwich goalkeeper made a better save moments later. Dalsgaard intercepted a ball forward and continued up the pitch. When a Mbeumo cross was headed down, the Brentford right back was there to shoot but Krul saved. Dalsgaard directed his shot too close to Krul when an effort more in to the corner would not have been saved.

Norwich failed to clear the resulting corner, Dasilva played a one-two with Toney and cut the ball back for Sergi Canós but he bounced a shot wide. Dasilva then fired straight at Krul after quick interplay in midfield as Brentford pressed for a second goal to give themselves breathing space. The Bees had the upper hand but only had a single goal lead with 15 minutes remaining and Norwich made changes to try and alter the flow of the game.

The visitors took off both Skipp and Rupp, who had been peripheral after a bright start, and changed their shape, introducing a second centre forward. They had not offered much in the way of attacking prior to the changes, with Pukki having a shot blocked early in the second half, but had more width after the change and looked to use it. A Max Aarons cross could have been converted by Buendía, but he missed his kick, and the effort from Płacheta was blocked.

As the game entered the final stages, Norwich had the initiative. They were picking up more of the increasing number of loose balls, were playing passes in behind and won free kicks in dangerous areas. One deep delivery was headed up in the air by Ben Gibson, and subsequently cleared, when Vrančić was better placed before a Buendía free kick flew across the face of goal.

When Norwich got their equaliser, it had more than an element of fortune about it. McLean turned in to a fraction of space and let fly with a speculative shot from 25 yards. It would not have troubled Raya and may even have been going wide before it deflected off Brentford’s Sørensen. The deflection wrong-footed Raya and he could only scramble across his line as the ball rolled agonisingly in to the net.

Norwich ran to get the ball like they designs on winning the game but Canós almost came up with a winner for The Bees with a shot that deflected wide with Krul looking unlikely to reach the shot had it been on target. A Buendía effort deflected wide at the other end and Raya held on to a header from Norwich’s Sørensen in the dying seconds. A winner for Norwich would have been particularly harsh on The Bees, who extended their current run to one defeat in four by taking a point.

Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Sørensen, Henry; Marcondes, Jensen, Dasilva (sub Janelt 70 mins); Mbeumo, Toney (sub Forss 83 mins), Ghoddos (sub Canós 59 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Thompson, Goode, Fosu

Bookings: Janelt (80 mins)

Norwich City: Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Sørensen; Skipp (sub McLean 69 mins), Rupp (sub Hugill 69 mins); Buendía, Vrančić, Cantwell (sub Płacheta h/t); Pukki

Subs (not used): McGovern, Stiepermann, Tetty

Bookings: Gibson (78 mins)

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iFollow update

iFollow codes sent for Brentford v Norwich City to those that froze Season Tickets

27 October 2020

Brentford FC has sent out emails to fans that froze their 2020/21 Season Tickets with codes to watch today's Sky Bet Championship match against Norwich City on iFollow. The Bees will host Norwich tonight, Tuesday 27 October, in a match that will kick-off at 7.45pm. The game will be behind closed doors but will be live on iFollow Brentford with Bees-biased commentary. It will also be available on the Sky Sports Red Button

As part of our offering to Season Ticket Holders, those who chose to freeze their match access for the 2020/21 campaign and roll it over to 2021/22 get iFollow codes for all home matches in 2020. Each fan needs an individual code for each match. Codes for the Norwich game were sent yesterday. If you have not received a code please let us know. Make sure you check junk and spam folders.

This is the last time you will receive a code to watch an iFollow fixture, going forward your iFollow account will be upgraded to VIP enabling you to watch all eligible games without using a code. In case you missed it, in order to be upgraded to VIP in time for our match against Swansea City you must have an iFollow account registered to the same email address as your ticketing account by 7pm tomorrow, Wednesday 28 October.*

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