Norwich City got off to a comfortable winning start in the summer’s first pre-season friendly as Norwich beat Cobh Ramblers 0-5 in Ireland.
Farke’s 20 man squad was missing Graham Dorrans and Jonny Howson (no surprises there) and Michael McGovern as well.
The starting line-up saw debut bows for Christoph Zimmermann, who partnered Timm Klose for the whole game and Mario Vrancic, who had an excellent debut 45 minutes, in which he scored as well as showing he has consistent, on the money, set piece delivery – happy days.
By the time the half time whistle blew, City were 0-4 up with Alex Tettey scoring from a Vrancic corner after just 5 minutes, followed by a great Oliveira strike on 26 minutes with Vrancic making it 0-3 two minutes later before James Maddison hit the bar from 20 yards with a free kick on 34 minutes. The ball bounced back and hit the back of the keeper and rebounded into the net.
The second half saw nine changes with only the two centre backs remaining.
Alex Pritchard was on it immediately as the limited opposition dropped deeper and deeper and defended wilfully. Eventually the fifth goal arrived on 82 minutes with a delightful curling effort from range.
The all important formation switched between 4-3-3 and 4-1-4-1 quite slickly considering that the new Head Coach has only had a couple of weeks to get his messages across.
Vrancic appears to have caught the eye of the EDP journos as one to watch, which bodes well with Howson on his way out of the club.
There will clearly be sterner tests ahead and you can’t glean too much in games like this but a win is a win.
Wes Hoolahan was the star attraction for the locals and he signed everything put in front of him and posed for countless photos if social media is anything to judge it by – nice work.
Norwich City (first half): Matthews, Wildschut, Klose, Zimmermann, Toffolo, Maddison, Tettey, Vrancic, Josh Murphy, Hoolahan, Oliveira.
Norwich City (second half): Jones, Pinto, Klose, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Lewis, Watkins, Naismith, Pritchard, Morris, Jerome.