Norwich City completed their preparations for the new Premier League season with defeat at home to an impressive Borussia Monchengladbach side at Carrow Road this afternoon.

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The Canaries were on the backfoot for the majority of the opening period and the Bundesliga giants thoroughly deserved the lead given to them by Igor De Camargo’s competent finish in the 16th minute.

City looked technically inferior for long spells but did carve out enough chances to avoid drawing another blank ahead of their Premier League opener at Fulham next Saturday.

Grant Holt should have drawn his side level before half-time but his headed effort from eight yards out was easily gathered by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen with the goal gaping.

But perhaps the best chance for Chris Hughton’s men came just before the hour mark when Robert Snodgrass latched on to a poor back pass before rounding the goalkeeper and teeing up Jonny Howson, whose shot was heroically blocked by Tony Jantschke.

Monchengladbach wrapped up victory in the last minute when Branimir Hrgota calmly slotted home after Lukas Rupp had split the Norwich defence.

City stuck with the same starting XI that came away with a goalless draw from Hull on Tuesday evening as Hughton provided another hint to his preferred line-up ahead of the Canaries’ trip to Craven Cottage next weekend.

Robert Snodgrass was once again asked to play just off Grant Holt but the Canaries struggled to gain enough possession in the opening period to provide their front men with adequate service.

The warning signs were there for City in the 12th minute after Marc Tierney’s foul on Hermann gave the Bundesliga side a sight of goal. Juan Arango’s left-footed effort had John Ruddy worried and the former Everton man was relieved to see the ball float just wide of his left-hand post.

Borussia looked far more assured in possession and in skipper Filip Daems they had a full-back prepared to bomb on down the left flank and cause City problems. It was from this source that Monchengladbach gained the lead in the 17th minute. Daems got in behind Russell Martin and his cross evaded Turner’s outstretched leg to find De Camargo, who confidently fired home through Ruddy’s legs.

It was no less than the Germans merited although the goal appeared to serve as a wake-up call to the Canaries, who finally started to make in-roads going forward.

A lovely move down the left flank almost brought City back on terms as Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass combined to release Johnson. The midfielder proceeded to roll a clever ball across the six-yard area but no City player had gambled and Daems managed to hack clear.

Johnson once again turned provider in the 27th minute when his delicious left-footed cross picked out Holt but for once the City skipper failed to provide the finish, his tame header easily saved by Ter Stegen.

Elliott Bennett, who had put in his normal industrious shift down the right flank in the first period, came close five minutes before the break with a volley that looked destined for the back of the net until Alvaro Dominguez manfully got in the way.

City were almost sucker-punched into conceding a second though on the stroke of half-time when Luuk De Jong crossed for Hermann in the six-yard area but the wide man was crowded out by a combination of Ruddy and Russell Martin to the relief of the home fans.

De Jong came close himself early in the second half. After his initial shot was blocked by Turner, the Dutchman reacted quickest before firing just over the bar from the edge of the area.

City had a fantastic chance to draw level in the 59th minute when for once Monchengladbach were careless in possession. Havard Nordtveit played a poor backpass which allowed Snodgrass a free run on goal. The former Leeds man was clipped as he went round the keeper but decided to stay on his feet. He jinked back inside on to his left foot and rolled the ball across the penalty area to the on-rushing Howson, who looked all set to restore parity. However, Jantschke had other ideas, launching himself at the midfielder and deflecting his effort over the bar.

Holt had cut an isolated figure at times in the second period and Hughton decided to throw on Steve Morison for the last quarter in place of Pilkington to give the striker some support. Surman also replaced Elliott Bennett on the left as Snodgrass withdrew to the right flank to accommodate Morison.

Morison made his presence felt straight away and glanced just wide after being found by Snodgrass’ in-swinging free-kick.

Substitute Branimir Hrgota had a golden chance to wrap up victory just after his introduction in the 79th minute when he sprung the City offside trap but could only skew his shot wide of Ruddy’s post.

Hrgota got his goal in the last minute though when he was found by Rupp before rounding Ruddy and slotting home.

• Norwich City (4-4-2): Ruddy, R Martin, Turner, R Bennett (Barnett, 85), Tierney, E Bennett (Surman, 66), Johnson, Howson (Jackson, 85), Pilkington (Morison, 66), Snodgrass, Holt. Subs not used: Rudd, Vaughan, C Martin, K Smith, Lappin, Francomb.

• Borussia Monchengladbach (4-4-2): Ter Stegen, Jantschke, Dominguez, Stranzl (Brouwers, 79), Daems (Wendt, 72), Herrmann (Ring, 63), Nordtveit (Cigerci, 63), Xkaka, Arango (Rupp, 72), De Camargo (Hanke, 36), De Jong (Hrgota, 79). Subs not used: Heimeroth.

• Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)

• Attendance: 13,424

30 comments

  • Ged Steero- As you no nothing about football can you find something else to do as most City supporters are bored with you and brewer.

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    dave123

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • I've only watched personally one of the pre season matches this season and it was Ajax, we looked solid but at times toothless, and that has become worryingly common in this new setup. It's only pre-season so we don't need to worry too much but we definitely need to find something extra going forward. I'm worried by Holt, he was quite sluggish and his footballing ability at times looked questionable (maybe had a few too many carveries to celebrate his 3 years?). However it's over with now and as much as we seem to be lacking something going forward, we seem to have much more organisation and a real foundation at the back, and we have the personnel in midfield to really take control of a game.

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    Billy

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • BTW, stephen davis implored me not to retire!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • Feeding trolls is not a god idea.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • Spot on, mellow. This was pretty much our strongest starting XI and still no goals and few chances created. Morison is targeted by some on here, but no one's dared to put a question mark next to Holt yet, but maybe that time is fast approaching?

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    canarydownunder

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • It'll take more than a couple of friendlies for people to question Holt's contribution - we have made him player of the year for 3 seasons. I think he needs competition for his place, with our remaining stikers either unproven (Vaughan) or ineffective at Premier level (the rest). Demonstrated by having three on the bench yesterday, and a midfielder supporting Holty instead. At home.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • Is this 4-5-1 supposed to be the successful Man C Chelsea formula? For City it seems a negative home formation, and strange no Vaughan in a home match - we're not scoring goals and leave out the pre-season's most successful scorer. Hope team Hughton are absorbing lessons and can change things around starting in one week....

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    Michael D

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • That's not what I was looking for.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Yeah I do get the feeling as always that he will snowball with goals as always. I'm one of those that writes him off at the start of every season because he doesn't look good enough and then he just grows into it, every time. He definitely needs a good strike partner, in saying that though Vaughan has looked impressive and Simeon was starting to look really dangerous towards the tail end of last season.

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    Billy

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • brew my friend,take a few days off at yaarrmouth,and come back refreshed.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • It is sadly apparent that Norwich City have appointed as a manager a defensively minded coach who has obviously abandoned the cavalier approach to attacking football that we have enjoyed with the previous regime. Or is it that CH has realised that the likes of Morrison, Jackson, Martin and Vaughan do not have enough quality to succeed long term in the premiership.He obviously needs a proven goalscoring striker to aid Holt. That will cost and there is the next problem.Who can persuade the board to loosen the pursestrings to buy someone suitable. Somehow we must change the attitufde of CH. Whilst it is commendable that we are stronger at the back, it must not be at the expense of any form of attacking football whatsoever. It means that all we can look forward to this season are endless dour games of defensive football ending unfortunately in far more defeats than victories The era of entertaining free flowing football is over.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • MB I just wonder if Vaughan is just too fragile due to the catalogue of injuries he has suffered throughout his career. I hope he does not turn out to be another Ledley King, playing each alternate game. There just appeared to be a lack of organisation and fluidity in our play today. Most of all, we are not scoring goals or creating sufficient clear chances.

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    mellow yellow

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Just got back. We were rubbish. One up front again. The fat mercenary was totally isolated up front. We were totally outclassed by an average to poor German side. Just like the Ajax match we failed to retain possession, I dread to think what's going to happen when we face a decent team like Southampton or Swansea. Whooton's negativity and general cluelessness is plain to see. We should never have let Lambert leave, he saved this club and now Whooton is going to destroy it. Don't worry friends, I'll be speaking with our so-called manager very soon. Ged - Legend

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • suppose Borussia MG equate to Spurs or Chelsea as they finished 4th in the Bundesliga, so according to the leg end sterroodle the two mentioned london teams are poor, oh dear what a shining example of a football brain he is NOT

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • mellow yellow - Vaughan didn`t even get off the bench today! What`s that all about??

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Monchengladbach were good, but we were uninspiring. Too many basic errors and not a lot to offer going forward. Could do with a few more players going forward. We were very slow when we had possession and nobody seemed to know where they or anybody else was supposed to be. Snoddy worked hard. I missed Howson going forward. He was pretty much out of it. We will have to work hard as fans to give the team the lift they seem to need.

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    NrflkM

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Still leaking goals down our right hand side...a trend that has not been addressed from lambert era

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    AC Canary

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • oops. perhaps BMG have a full back we can sign. Now to track down the moving image of todays game.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Pre season games are notoriously unreliable in gauging how a team will perform once the season begins. Didnt Newcastle once lose 6-0 to Leyton Orient in a pre season, before going on to great things?

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    Abraham

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • Attempt #2. Holty will be OK, Billy, once he gets his adrenalin flowing. He needs a good strike partner.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • Interesting thought, downunder. I think it will take a bit more than a couple of friendlies for the majority to begin to question Holt's efforts for this club - we do keep voting him player of the season. His biggest problem seems to be a lack of competition for his place, as our remaining strikers are either unproven (Vaughan) or unconvincing at Premier level (the rest), and we need to bring in someone who will either work with him or challenge him for his place in the team.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • G`day, cdu. I think Holty tends to make a slow start to the season. He did last year, when Morison started off with a few goals. But Holty did end up with 17 goals from 38 League & Cup games. I just wish we had an ideal strike partner for him. Remember McDougall & Boyer? Cross & Bone? (Just needed a skull to complete the set!). In L1 we had Holt, C. Martin AND Hoolahoop but CM seems to have been left behind. BTW, who`s Captain? Is it decided yet? I hope Archant do something soon about ethering and troll infestation, in the meantime, I`m taking a break. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • thanks dave123. Did you conduct a poll?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 17, 2012

  • Last season I think that goals were coming from the right and left (apart from when Adam Drury was there) as well as through the middle and even right over the top against Man City. On the spelling of Moenchengladbach, it means "The monk's unruffled brook" Mönchen - Monk (the ö can also be writen oe"; glad (glatt) - unruffled and bach = brook.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • We are still one short of another striker, central defender and full back. I am really concerned about the goal drought we have experienced, and without a proven speedy and opportunistic striker to pair up with the Horse, we are going to really struggle this season. Surely the powers that be and CH can see the dangers ahead.

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    mellow yellow

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • It'll take more than a couple of friendlies for people to question Holt's contribution - we have made him player of the year for 3 seasons. I think he needs competition for his place, with our remaining stikers either unproven (Vaughan) or ineffective at Premier level (the rest). Demonstrated by having three on the bench yesterday, and a midfielder supporting Holty instead. At home.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • if we played 4-4-2 as the article suggests how come it looks like 4-5-1 on the field

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • We are still one short of another striker, central defender and full back. I am really concerned about the goal drought we have experienced, and without a proven speedy and opportunistic striker to pair up with the Horse, we are going to really struggle this season. Surely the powers that be and CH can see the dangers ahead.

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    mellow yellow

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Hi, Billy. I think Holty needs the smell of the opposition`s blood in his nostrils before the adrenalin starts flowing. Fee Fi Fo Fum.... He has always delivered for us over the course of a season. I`d just love to see a real "strike partnership" emerge, like the one he had with Becclesboy down in L1. It would be so good if Vaughan could be that partner. Or Cinnamon. Or Moro. Anybody!! Rhodes? BTW, stephen davis tempted me back; I was so upset that he`d miss my waffling, my heart softened. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • At least we haven`t sold Vaughan. Phew, just off to the EADT to be gratuitously t*****sh. I think the control of these Norwich fans` boards is becoming ever clearer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

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