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Watford Keeper Ben Foster: Age and experience gave us an edge

Ben Foster has praised the experience of Watford's new arrivals after their involvement in a positive win away at Norwich City yesterday.

The Hornets put three goals past the side that pipped them to the Championship title last season, to seal an important first away win of the campaign.

The summer transfer window saw a high turnover of players with some big names leaving the club, but the goalkeeper feels the new arrivals have enough about them to adapt quickly to the new challenge.

“This is a new team, and there's been a big turnover in the summer, but you can't put a price on know-how and experience," the goalkeeper said.

“Sometimes you have to part company with players who have been at the club a long time to move on to fresh pastures, but the players who have come in know their way around the block – people like Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko, Josh King – and they are so important."

At 38 Foster has plenty of experience himself.

He believes that helped him contribute to a much improved team performance, that head coach Xisco Munoz later described as "mature".

“I have to say the team selection was really good: I would like to know the average age of that side because there was so much experience from back to front," he said.

“I'm 38, so I was definitely propping up the average age, but when you have lost three in a row and you are going away from home to a place like Norwich, where you know they are going to be dogged and not give you a second's breath, you need wise heads to shut the game down."

Despite his age, Foster still feels like he can perform at the highest level and said the match day feeling helps him exceed his own abilities.

“I have to say I'm still feeling good," he added.

"When that whistle goes at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, I still get a real rush of adrenaline and I can do things during a game that I can't do in training.”

Farke: We were not clinical enough

Head coach Daniel Farke admitted that his side were not clinical enough in their defending to earn the right to take points from the match at home to Watford.

The Canaries lost the game 3-1, with Emmanuel Dennis and Ismalia Sarr (2) scoring for Watford. The home side, after conceding early on, had done well to battle back to level through a Teemu Pukki goal, superbly set up by debutant Mathias Normann.

However, it was the defensive errors that frustrated Farke when analysing the team’s performance.

“Football is quite often a game where the team who is there with less mistakes, wins,” he said. “To be honest in our defending behaviour we were there with too many mistakes today to earn the right to win the points. I think this was key to losing this game and for that it is also then a deserved result for the win for Watford.”

Alongside Mathias Normann, Ozan Kabak was also was making his debut. Farke said that both players showed promising signs as to why the club signed them, but added that in the goals the team conceded they will have wished they could have done better.

“Mathias and Ozan had several good situations but there were also a few situations where they probably would have wished that they had done better," said Farke.

“It was not easy for them. I think overall you have to say that it was a good and proper debut and they showed why we wanted to sign them, but crucial today were the goals that we have conceded because it was a tight game.

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“It was 50/50 per cent possession and 12 shots on both sides but our defending behaviour was not clinical enough. You have to say that there was not one situation where we were on an underload.

“So, it is not a tactical problem. The first goal that we conceded we were three against three on the wings and we still allowed the cross to come in.

“Then, in the box, we were three against one and, with all due respect, (Emmanuel) Dennis is not a striker that is known for scoring too many goals with his head and he was in-between my two centre backs and he scored.

“I would, of course, hoped that we would have dealt with this situation a bit better. It is also the same with the second goal. Once the ball came in, we had an overload in the centre. We were two against one striker, and this striker was still able to score out of this cutback. We should have dealt with the situation much better.

“Today we have to be self-critical and say that we produced too many defensive mistakes, we were not clinical enough in our defending in our own box to earn the right to win these points.”

Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke Issues Rallying Cry To Home Fans

Head coach Daniel Farke has issued a rallying cry for supporters to create the best atmosphere ever at Carrow Road for Saturday’s game against Watford.

Boosted by the return of Josh Sargent and Dimitris Giannoulis to the matchday squad, Norwich City go into the match searching for the first win of the Premier League season.

That run, despite having faced four teams from the top eight of last season’s Premier League, including champions Manchester City and FA Cup winners Leicester, has led to some fans criticising the team and his selection.

However, Farke says at 2pm when the team is announced tomorrow, everyone has a duty to back the players that have been picked as it will give the team the best chance of getting a result.

“If I play Max Aarons tomorrow and some people think I should play Bali Mumba that is not a problem, but once Max Aarons’ name is on the teamsheet, I want everyone to back him and to cheer him up and sing his name,” said Farke.

“This has to be the way when our starting line-up is announced. It was like this against Liverpool, everyone was singing our song On The Ball City and we need this even more tomorrow.

“It was easy to do this against Liverpool when it was the first game, there was the spotlight and the TV cameras. We need this even more against Watford and when the teamsheet is announced tomorrow, everyone has to be spot on. The people in the ticket office and our announcer. He has to be like in the boxing fights, and to make sure everyone is buzzing and when he says the names our stadium escalates.

“This is what I want to have. It will still not be a guarantee that we win this game, but we must create an atmosphere where were support and back the lads from the first to the last second.”

Some section of the media where also labelling the match a must-win game. However, Farke said it was must that his players put in a good performance but that he could not label the match a must win, this early on in the season.

“There is no replacement for points and there is no replacement for wins and, of course, to get off the mark would be unbelievably important,” he said.

“We know this but if it doesn’t work, it is not like we will raise the white flag and say come on let’s play straight away back on Championship level.

“We have played four of the best sides in this country and we were competitive. Right now, we are playing a promoted side and a side that had before spent five years on Premier League level. They were able to keep the whole group together. They were able to quality like (Joshua) King, like (Moussa) Sissoko and some other really good players.

“So it is a difficult game and it is must deliver performance. We must deliver a top-class performance to give ourselves a chance and if we do this then we can also win points in this game. We highly motivated and greedy to do this but it doesn’t help if you sit there and pray that you ‘must win this game’ it is not time for words, it is time for action.”

Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke Issues Rallying CallTo Home Fans

Head coach Daniel Farke has issued a rallying cry for supporters to create the best atmosphere ever at Carrow Road for Saturday’s game against Watford.

Boosted by the return of Josh Sargent and Dimitris Giannoulis to the matchday squad, Norwich City go into the match searching for the first win of the Premier League season.

That run, despite having faced four teams from the top eight of last season’s Premier League, including champions Manchester City and FA Cup winners Leicester, has led to some fans criticising the team and his selection.

However, Farke says at 2pm when the team is announced tomorrow, everyone has a duty to back the players that have been picked as it will give the team the best chance of getting a result.

“If I play Max Aarons tomorrow and some people think I should play Bali Mumba that is not a problem, but once Max Aarons’ name is on the teamsheet, I want everyone to back him and to cheer him up and sing his name,” said Farke.

“This has to be the way when our starting line-up is announced. It was like this against Liverpool, everyone was singing our song On The Ball City and we need this even more tomorrow.

“It was easy to do this against Liverpool when it was the first game, there was the spotlight and the TV cameras. We need this even more against Watford and when the teamsheet is announced tomorrow, everyone has to be spot on. The people in the ticket office and our announcer. He has to be like in the boxing fights, and to make sure everyone is buzzing and when he says the names our stadium escalates.

“This is what I want to have. It will still not be a guarantee that we win this game, but we must create an atmosphere where were support and back the lads from the first to the last second.”

Some section of the media where also labelling the match a must-win game. However, Farke said it was must that his players put in a good performance but that he could not label the match a must win, this early on in the season.

“There is no replacement for points and there is no replacement for wins and, of course, to get off the mark would be unbelievably important,” he said.

“We know this but if it doesn’t work, it is not like we will raise the white flag and say come on let’s play straight away back on Championship level.

“We have played four of the best sides in this country and we were competitive. Right now, we are playing a promoted side and a side that had before spent five years on Premier League level. They were able to keep the whole group together. They were able to quality like (Joshua) King, like (Moussa) Sissoko and some other really good players.

“So it is a difficult game and it is must deliver performance. We must deliver a top-class performance to give ourselves a chance and if we do this then we can also win points in this game. We highly motivated and greedy to do this but it doesn’t help if you sit there and pray that you ‘must win this game’ it is not time for words, it is time for action.”

Former Norwich Boss Hughton Sacked by Nottingham Forest

Former Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has been sacked by Nottingham Forest after the Championship side’s poor start to the season.

Forest sit bottom after Wednesday night’s home defeat to Middlesbrough, which ex-City winger Onel Hernandez notched in, leaving them without a win in their first seven matches.

The club said on their official website: "Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first team manager.

"The club would like to place on record its appreciation for Chris' efforts. Chris joined the club in a difficult period for everyone in football and around the world and we thank him for the way he has conducted himself during his tenure.

"Steven Reid will take temporary charge of the first team as interim head coach."

Hughton spent almost two seasons as boss at Carrow Road, taking Norwich to an 11th place finish in 2012-13 after filling the sizeable hole left by Paul Lambert. However, he was unable to hold-off City's impending relegation the following campaign and sacked with five games remaining as City made a desperate attempt to avoid their fate.

Transfer News: Norwich Look Set To Miss Out On Blackburn Striker Armstrong

Southampton have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals including Norwich City who were interested in the striker by having a bid accepted for Blackburn front man Adam Armstrong.

Armstrong, 24, is set to have a medical with the Saints on Tuesday after the bid, which could be worth more than £20m with add-ons, was accepted.

He scored 28 goals in 40 Championship games in 2020-21, the second-highest figure in the division last season.

Southampton are in need of a striker after selling 29-year-old England international Danny Ings to Aston Villa for £25m earlier this month.

Armstrong, who represented England at Under-21 level, began his career with Newcastle and had loan spells with Coventry, Barnsley, Bolton and Blackburn before moving to Rovers on a permanent deal in 2018.

Southampton had an offer rejected for Armstrong last week, but returned with an improved bid.

The Saints finished 15th in the Premier League in 2020-21 and begin their 2021-22 campaign away at Everton on Saturday, 14 August.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Chasing Fulham Youngster Fabio Carvalho

Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho is wanted by all of Leeds United, Norwich City, West Ham and Porto, according to the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail reports that the young Englishman has rejected a fresh contract offer from the London club amid interest from Leeds United, Norwich City and West Ham, with Portuguese giants Porto also claimed to be in the running.

Carvalho is a product of the Fulham youth academy. He made his debut in the Premier League last season bursting onto the professional scene with a debut goal v Southampton.

He’d go on to feature four times in the top flight as Scott Parker’s side were relegated but under new manager Marco Silva in their opening game of the new season yesterday, Carvalho was handed a start.

The midfielder started in the no.10 role and gave a good account of himself as Fulham drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough. But now Carvalho is at a contract ‘impasse’ as Daily Mail put it and with little under three weeks of the transfer window left, he could yet seal himself a return to the Premier League.

Contract rebel
Carvalho has rejected Fulham’s opening contract offer. It’s a brave move from the 18-year-old and it’s brought a lot of transfer attention unto himself – something which Fulham obviously won’t want to see.

Silva will be eager to tie Carvalho down to a new and improved deal as to avoid losing him for free next summer but this month could be a very nervy one for the Whites as the likes of Leeds, Norwich and West Ham all lurk.

Carvalho is a player with bags of potential and his contract situation could become a real source of pain for Fulham this season.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich Closing In On Young Werder Bremen Striker Josh Sargent

Premier League newbies Norwich City are reportedly closing in on a move for Werder Bremen striker Josh Sargent.

The Canaries won the Championship title last season with a staggering 97 points, achieving promotion to the Premier League after just a season away. Daniel Farke is preparing well his Norwich City team for survival this time around, with players such as Milot Rashica, Angus Gunn, Billy Gilmour and Pierre Lees-Melou having arrived at the Carrow Road so far in this transfer window.

According to CBS Sports, Werder Bremen’s USA international Josh Sargent has reached a deal with Norwich City, pending a medical. He was not there in Werder Bremen’s squad for their German Cup clash with VfL Osnabruck on Saturday, having not trained with Markus Anfang’s team on Friday.

Josh Sargent, 21, was one of the rare bright sparks in a wretched 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign for Bremen that ended in relegation. The U.S. international was the club’s top scorer last season with seven goals and begun the 2.Bundesliga campaign in spectacular style, scoring a brace in the 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf last week.

The 21-year-old striker was also a part of Gregg Berhalter’s U.S. squad that won the Concacaf Nations League earlier this summer. Following Bremen’s relegation from the Bundesliga, it had been long expected that Josh Sargent would move on from the German club, and now looks set to join Daniel Farke’s Norwich ahead of the Premier League campaign