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DSC Arminia Bielefeld 1 Norwich City 3: Canaries sign off German tour in style

PUBLISHED: 19:56 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 20:41 21 July 2017

Cameron Jerome slotted a penalty at the Schuco-Arena. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome slotted a penalty at the Schuco-Arena. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City turned in a stylish performance to complete a 100pc winning record on their German tour against DSC Arminia Bielefeld.

Steven Naismith opened the scoring against Bielefeld. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdSteven Naismith opened the scoring against Bielefeld. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Naismith opened the scoring before Andreas Volgsammer cashed in on defensive hesitancy. Cameron Jerome slammed home a penalty in the 45th minute before a tactical change to three at the back from Daniel Farke led to a commanding second half capped by Nelson Oliveira’s wonderful solo finish.

From here on in each Norwich City friendly is a search for clues into the footballing mind of Farke. The pre-match atmosphere whipped up by the Bielefeld fans, the pumping house music and the raucous rendition of the Arminia anthem was a world away from homely Cobh or Lowestoft or the midweek trip to wet and wild Werl.

Christoph Zimmermann has a busy summer. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdChristoph Zimmermann has a busy summer. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Russell Martin led out a side that in many aspects bore the hallmarks of a line up that could feature at Fulham on the opening weekend of the Championship season.

Martin was deployed at right-back in the continuing absence of the injured Ivo Pinto. Christoph Zimmermann and Marcel Franke reprised their central pairing from the 2-0 friendly win against MSV Duisburg, with recent signing James Husband completing the back four.

Daniel Farke made a tactical change at the break. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke made a tactical change at the break. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Tettey patrolled in that protective role in front of the defence behind Mario Vrancic and Naismith. In wider areas Josh Murphy, a man Farke labelled a ‘brilliant’ talent during the week, was again given another chance to impress with Marley Watkins in the berth vacated by his brother’s Newcastle United switch.

Watkins is a different prospect. More powerful perhaps than Jacob and on the evidence of his Barnsley showreel a cool, composed goalscoring threat. City’s attacking threats had little chance to impress in a cagey opening 15 minutes. The early sparring was cagey. Bielefeld’s approach appeared right out of the Farke playbook; patient possession at the back intended to draw City on.

Norwich City's managing director Steve Stone, sporting director Stuart Webber and members of City's board watch the action in Bielefeld. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City's managing director Steve Stone, sporting director Stuart Webber and members of City's board watch the action in Bielefeld. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Christoph Hemlein burst the wrong side of Husband but with Angus Gunn advancing rolled his low shot wide of the far post.

Husband’s wayward pass seconds later prompted Farke to turn away in disgust after Gunn and Franke had cleverly evaded Bielefeld’s high line. That, in essence, will be the test on a weekly basis for this Norwich City side. Finding pockets of space to release their dangerous attacking weapons hinges on due care and attention from the Canaries’ in their own final third.

The Norwich players looks dejected after conceding their side’s 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany
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21/07/2017The Norwich players looks dejected after conceding their side’s 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/07/2017

There was more evidence of that uncomfortable ‘getting-to-know-you’ phase when Franke hesitated waiting for Gunn to clear his lines before taking matters in hand.

The Norwich players looks dejected after conceding their side’s 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany
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21/07/2017The Norwich players looks dejected after conceding their side’s 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/07/2017

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The home fans enjoyed the visit of the Canaries. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe home fans enjoyed the visit of the Canaries. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Yet the first lapse came from the hosts in the 37th minute. Jerome’s tireless work ethic forced a turnover from Julian Borner before a cutback to the unmarked Naismith who slotted past Stefan Ortega Moreno.

Bielefeld were level within two minutes, when Zimmermann was unable to halt Voglsammer who rifled past Gunn from close range. It was perhaps an unwanted echo of last season’s brittleness. Set aside the relaxed surroundings of pre-season and the onus on performance far more than result and it clearly must remain a cause for concern the ease with which a straight ball triggered such alarms.

Cameron Jerome of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany
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21/07/2017Cameron Jerome of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/07/2017

But an effort for balance, Norwich’s forward thrust appears to have survived the seismic transition that has taken place in the dugout. Watkins raced into the penalty box and was shoved by Florian Hartherz in the final moments of the opening period. Jerome hammered the penalty away in the last act, with the cat calls from the bank of standing Bielefeld fans accompanying the players from the pitch.

Then we saw a real, tangible glimpse in Farke’s world. City emerged with the same personnel for the second period but a back four had become a defensive three. Martin and Franke flanked Zimmermann, freeing Husband and Watkins to raid as wing backs and look for the sheer pace of Murphy and Jerome up top. That extra man in midfield underpinned a far more controlled, measured spell from the visitors. Jerome skied over on his left inside the six yard box. Murphy was equally imprecise before the marauding Jerome poked a foot out to divert the ball against the base of a post.

The traveling Norwich fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany
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21/07/2017The traveling Norwich fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/07/2017

It was his last meaningful contribution before gingerly leaving the field to be replaced by Oliveira who added a classy individual third. City’s squad may be reduced in number by design but there is still plenty of quality. And plenty of raw material for the astute Farke to mould.

Manuel Prietl of Arminia Bielefeld and Mario Vrancic of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany
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21/07/2017Manuel Prietl of Arminia Bielefeld and Mario Vrancic of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/07/2017

• Arminia Bielefeld (starting line up): Moreno, Schutz, Klos, Salger, Borner, Hemlein, Prietl, Voglsammer, Dick, Hartherz, Staude.

Steven Naismith of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany
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21/07/2017Steven Naismith of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Schuco-Arena, Bielefeld, Germany Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/07/2017

• Goal: Voglsammer (39)

• Norwich City: Gunn; Martin (Godfrey 79), Zimmermann, Franke, Husband (Lewis 82), Tettey, Watkins, Naismith (Reed 79), Vrancic (Maddison 79), Murphy (Wildschut 82), Jerome (Oliveira 74). Subs (not used): Matthews (GK).

• Goals: Naismith (37), Jerome (45), Oliveira (86)

• Referee: Markus Wollenweber

• Attendance: 4,166

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