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Daniel Farke throws down the gauntlet ahead of Bees’ test

PUBLISHED: 16:19 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:19 22 December 2017

Mario Vrancic starred in Norwich City's League Cup win at Brentford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mario Vrancic starred in Norwich City's League Cup win at Brentford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke’s Christmas message is simple - drop your guard and there will be precious little festive cheer on offer at Norwich City.

The Canaries had nothing but hard luck stories to show from recent trips to Cardiff and Leeds, but Brentford’s visit on Friday night marks a festive fixture list with the potential to get the Canaries upwardly mobile again.

“We are capable of beating any team,” said Farke. “We have played Cardiff, Leeds and Sheffield (Wednesday).

“Big clubs, big tasks. But these next games will be as well. We haven’t played Brentford in the league, Birmingham was a close win, Burton a hard draw and Millwall, well, we all know what happened there.

“We can’t say more easier games are coming now. The Championship demands a good performance each and every game. If we are at it then we have the ability to beat the top teams. We had chances in Leeds and Cardiff.

Daniel Farke is happy with his midfield options ahead of Brentford's visit. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke is happy with his midfield options ahead of Brentford's visit. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“When we are not 100pc focused and concentrated you can lose against any team.”

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Norwich’s League Cup stroll at Brentford was one of the few performances since Farke’s arrival that married measured control with a clinical edge.

The City head coach is drawing confidence from that cup win at Griffin Park, and the return to fitness of the likes of Tom Trybull and Alex Tettey.

Tom Trybull is back in the mix after injury. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdTom Trybull is back in the mix after injury. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“Brentford was a brilliant game,” he said.

“We were excellent in the second half against Sheffield Wednesday too and we created a lot of chances against Leeds. For me, the second half against Sheffield was even a bit better than Brentford.

“There is always a temptation to change the team around. Not because of the game before so much, but the potential to look at some new tactical situations.

“If you look at the performance at Leeds or the work load - in terms of the preparation for this game - there is no need to change the line up.

Alex Tettey's last appearance came in the away win at Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdAlex Tettey's last appearance came in the away win at Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“I know players like Tom and Alex are back and in a good shape, but Mario (Vrancic) is creating a bit of momentum in his performances of late, Harrison Reed the same.

“We conceded a goal from a set piece at Leeds, that is nothing to do with our holding midfielders.

“The same with the cross for the goal Sheffield scored. It is a good feeling to have options.

“There will be changes in these games, because in that area of the pitch you have to run a lot.”

Steven Naismith's future will become much clearer in the January transfer window. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdSteven Naismith's future will become much clearer in the January transfer window. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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