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Get ready for a scrap. Norwich City players briefed for Hull City rumble by Daniel Farke

Timm Klose tries his luck in Norwich City's 1-1 draw against Hull City at Carrow Road earlier this season. 
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Timm Klose tries his luck in Norwich City's 1-1 draw against Hull City at Carrow Road earlier this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City’s lack of ruthless intent will not cut it for Daniel Farke at ‘desperate’ Hull City.

Deep divisions appear to have erupted between the Tigers’ fan base and their owners, with Nigel Adkins trying to stave off a second consecutive relegation.

Farke knows City can profit from such anxiety on Humberside on Saturday, if they can find finally embellish their attractive approach play with an end product.

“I am totally surprised to see them down at the bottom,” he said.

“They were able to sign players for a lot of money and they have a lot of individual quality. It just shows how close the Championship is.

Daniel Farke is surprised to see Hull fighting for survival. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke is surprised to see Hull fighting for survival. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“When I think at the beginning of the season Fulham were struggling and now they are on a run that means they can go for automatic promotion.

“Yet teams like Hull and Sunderland fight against relegation.

“Thankfully we are in a much better position.

“When you fight against relegation you are not full of self-confidence but you can be aggressive and they will see a team in the middle of the table who they will feel they can force a win against by showing a lot of aggressiveness.

“We have to be on that same level, yet be calm enough to find the right balance.

“We scored first at Birmingham and you could feel they became more nervous and we grew in self-confidence.”

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Norwich have only lost once in the league since December 22 but Farke’s squad is moored in mid-table.

Ivo Pinto has had to bide his time since returning to fitness due to the form of Harrison Reed. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdIvo Pinto has had to bide his time since returning to fitness due to the form of Harrison Reed. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“Normally those are statistics for sitting near the top of the table but we are struggling to score goals,” he said.

“We are far away from relegation, closer to the play-offs, although you have to be realistic.

“We have 11 games left. You win them you are in the play-offs but we are not focusing on that. We must concentrate on the topics we can influence.”

Nelson Oliveira’s status may have dominated the build up, after his absence against Nottingham Forest, but Farke also has a decision to make on his compatriot Ivo Pinto.

The City captain has not played since January 20 after a knee injury suffered climbing out of his car.

“Harrison Reed has been really, really good in the games,” said Farke. “Although Ivo is our captain and crucial for our game he has been away for five or six weeks so is not in his rhythm. During this period with so many games, he will get minutes.

“Ivo is greedy to back as soon as possible but as a coach you see the whole picture and Harrison has been outstanding. To change his position is a bit tricky. A nice problem for a coach to have.”

Dennis Srbeny made his full Norwich City home debut against Nottingham Forest. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDennis Srbeny made his full Norwich City home debut against Nottingham Forest. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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