Striker stresses his point to Farke

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ian Baker

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.”

PIC­TURES: Fo­cus Im­ages

LATE SHOW: Nel­son Oliveira scores Nor­wich’s equaliser with two min­utes left

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