OLI: DON’T FORGET MY NAME BOSS!
Striker stresses his point to Farke
DANIEL Farke had quite an early impact on English football as he sent on two substitutes to combine for a late equaliser at Fulham.
But the new Norwich boss was on the receiving end of an extraordinary blast from Nelson Oliveira, the man who levelled two minutes from time to cancel out Russell Martin’s own goal.
The Portuguese striker was clearly furious at being on the bench behind Cameron Jerome and made his feelings quite clear to former Borussia Dortmund reserve coach Farke, a surprise choice as replacement for Alex Neil at Carrow Road.
After being set up by Wes Hoolahan, Oliveria ran to the German, swiped off his shirt and pointed to the name on the back. It was quite a reaction given the change had masterminded a recovery, yet Farke refused to condemn his saviour.
“Nelson is from Portugal and very emotional,” he said. “It was really kind of him to show me the shirt.
“Hopefully that was not a sign for me because I can’t do without him. He’s a really good guy and has a good character but sometimes emotions burn a little bit in him.
“There are no problems. I am really content with the guy today and really happy with his movement.
“What he did was quite normal because all the players should want to play for 90 minutes in nearly 60 games this season.
“That’s not possible as one of our greatest strengths is to have two of the best strikers in the whole league. We have to recognise the record of Cameron Jerome and his quality.
“I’m really proud of the guys because this was a hard first game against one of the toughest opponents in the league and we had to do without so many experienced players.
“That was a young team out there. Fulham dominated possession the first half but we had better chances and should have scored.”
This was an impressive game with both sides providing glimpses of proof they could be fighting at the right end of the table.
Neeskens Kebano should have put Fulham ahead in the early stages but dragged his shot wide while Yanic Wildschut was a nuisance for the home defence, twice setting up Marley Watkins and then Mario Vrancic, with all three chances going begging.
Martin proved to be luckless when Floyd Ayite’s cross hit his back leg and diverted past Angus Gunn, son of former Norwich keeper Bryan.
Gunn then made a fine save to deny Ryan Fredericks with Sone Aluko wasting the rebound.
Kebano should have wrapped up victory for Fulham in the second half when his shot hit the post but it was their boss Slavisa Jokanovic who was left to moan about a suspicion of offside as Oliveria finished from Hoolahan’s chip through.
“I am frustrated as I could not complain about offside,” he said. “But I see no point in complaining, it’s about looking forward, not about the past.
“We are in a similar situation to last season when we were creating chances but not scoring enough. We weren’t clinical enough at the crucial moment. It’s a frustrating situation but we must look forward and be ready for the next game. All our new players showed great ambition.”
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