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Should Norwich City keep faith in Nelson Oliveira for the derby?

Nelson Oliveira is struggling - it's plain to see. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Nelson Oliveira is struggling - it's plain to see. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Nelson Oliveira can count on Daniel Farke’s full backing to end his Norwich City goal drought.

The Portugal international has gone 10 games without a goal and saw a tame penalty saved at Derby County in the Canaries’ eventful 1-1 Championship draw.

Farke signed young German striker Dennis Srbeny in the transfer window but Oliveira is still the main man at Carrow Road.

“He is struggling, 100pc, but I don’t think this is the moment when I have to criticise him,” he said.

“I have to support and back him and continue to work and for me it is always about the success of the team, not how many goals the striker has scored. He is a player with lots of quality.

“No, I don’t have a dilemma.

“I think we are on a really decent run and one big reason for that is all my players are performing well.

“I am totally content with Nelson’s work and his working style if you look at the data about how hard he has worked for the team.

“It is important and it is something we will speak about in terms of not being too greedy when you are in those scoring positions.

“I wasn’t so concerned about the penalty, more the situation before when he could have passed to Josh (Murphy) who had an easy situation.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but he knows he needs to score to end this period because the danger is you become more selfish.”

Farke was a striker in his playing days and knows Oliveira’s luck will change.

“I want him to continue working for the team and as long as he does I am content,” he said. “That doesn’t mean he will play each and every minute because strikers have to score goals.

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“When you have this period you have to keep going and he is able to create a lot of chances for others.

“The day will come when he maybe just have to look at the ball and it will go in instead of the keeper making an unbelievable save from two metres.”

Farke, however, would expect James Maddison to take the next penalty City are awarded after coolly slotting from the spot in the second half at Pride Park.

“Both Nelson and James are responsible for the penalties,” said Farke.

“Nelson had missed one in the cup as well and in the first incident (at Derby) James was actually fouled so normally you would not expect the same player to take it. The reverse was the case in the second penalty situation.

“Nelson is normally a really concentrated penalty taker so I wouldn’t have a problem if some day we have another, but perhaps not in the next game.

“I missed so many penalties in my career.”

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