Daniel Farke says Nelson Oliveira dropped from Norwich squad for poor attitude

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 by PA

Daniel Farke says Nelson Oliveira dropped from Norwich squad for poor attitude

Daniel Farke criticised Nelson Oliveira’s attitude after axing the striker from Norwich’s squad for their 0-0 Sky Bet Championship stalemate against Nottingham Forest.

City created plenty of chances again but lacked a ruthless edge at Carrow Road in labouring to a fifth consecutive league draw.

The main talking point, however, was Farke’s decision to axe Portugal international Oliveira for what the head coach claimed was a poor attitude in training.

“I was not happy with him over the past week,” said Farke.

“I like Nelson a lot. I have supported him in this tough period. In 13 games he has scored one goal from 40 metres at Wolves and John Ruddy helped him with a big mistake.

“Even my centre-back Timm Klose in this period could score twice and have an assist. Nelson knows he is not on a good run but I have backed him and supported him.

“But this was the first time I didn’t have the feeling he was working for the team at 100 per cent.

“We are struggling to score goals. Look at the facts, 34 goals after 35 games. This game was the story of our season. We can’t just lie back and work at 80 per cent.

“We have to be hungry and greedy to improve and when I don’t have the feeling there is a player willing to work in a disciplined way to improve his situation, and that of the team, I will do without them.

“It doesn’t matter to me how big the reputation. I want players who are willing at training. It is up to him to show me in the training that he wants to work in a better day. If not, he is not involved.

“I could only call on 16 outfield players and he was not involved. The others deserved to be in the squad for this game.”

Forest are now unbeaten in five after goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon pulled off a couple of fine saves to deny Josh Murphy and James Maddsion blazed over.

Reds’ boss Aitor Karanka felt a point apiece was a fair result.

“I think we could have won, but a draw was about right,” said the Spainard.

“I told them after the game we can control a game without the ball and this was one of those games.

“We had three or four clear chances but we had an 18-year-old up front in Ben Brereton. Sometimes he will miss chances. Sometimes he will score.

“The most important thing was the performance. I know it was not the best game to watch but if we can’t score it is important to keep a clean sheet against a good team like Norwich.”


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