Norwich City let a one-goal lead slip to succumb to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Championship side Brentford on Wednesday afternoon.
The Canaries took the lead through Emiliano Buendia, but the Bees bit back with a strike of their own just two minutes later.
Brentford attacker Ollie Watkins later cashed in on some very poor defending to put Brentford in the lead after the break, before teeing up Ethan Pinnock to seal a 3-1 victory for the Championship side.
Timm Klose made his first appearance of pre-season, captaining the side from the centre of defence, with Kenny McLean and Josip Drmic also making appearances.
This was Norwich’s fourth pre-season game of the summer, following on from their tour of Germany. The newly-promoted side registered two wins and a draw in Germany, including a win versus the Bundesliga giants Schalke.
The loss is Norwich’s first of pre-season and came just over two weeks before Daniel Farke’s side kick-off their Premier League campaign against Liverpool away at Anfield. Norwich City have scored nine goals in their four pre-season games so far, a show of their attacking prowess following their 93 goals in the Championship last season.
However, yesterday’s friendly would’ve sent Farke two warning signs about keeping a lead and letting complacency creep in against weaker opposition.
Yesterday’s friendly showed how Norwich can start games, but the eventual loss by three goals is quite stark especially against a Championship side. In January, Fulham and Southampton were leading the way for most points lost from winning position, with 15 each. Norwich need to heed this warning and learn from the lessons of how not to let a lead slip.
Against lower quality opposition complacency will always remain a factor, so Farke needs to ensure he can drill in 100% commitment against all opposition sides next season. It has happened in the past to many Premier League sides, like last season, when Manchester United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Derby County at home.
Norwich are returning to the Premier League, and have been sent warning signs of what could be up and coming. They need to take them on board to make sure they don’t occur this season, or they could struggle.
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