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Daniel Farke: We showed a really good mentality

9 December 2017

City boss Daniel Farke was delighted with the Canaries’ attitude to come from a goal behind to secure their first win in eight league matches.

A disjointed first-half performance meant Norwich went in trailing at the break, but it was a different story in the second half as City showed great character to dominate against a Sheffield Wednesday side that hadn’t lost in seven matches.

“It was important to end the tough run and to have a home win,” said Farke. “It was well deserved. I’m really pleased with the performance, and all of the lads were brilliant. Even in the first-half we had the best chances and they [Wednesday] had one situation where they scored.

“I’m happy we didn’t lose our nerves, and we carried on with our style and we were disciplined and focussed. We stuck to our game plan and totally deserved the win.”

At 1-0 down at half-time, Farke said it was important that his players remained calm and cool in the second half, and City got their rewards.

“It was important to give them confidence and trust at half-time,” Farke said. “When you’ve had such a tough run and you’re behind at half-time and you know it’s a key game, it’s not so easy. But the character of the lads is brilliant, so it was down to what I said at half-time, it was more up to the brilliant performance from the players in the second half.

“It showed we have a really good mentality to come back from behind after our run. Sheffield were seven games unbeaten, and when such a team goes in the lead it’s usually difficult to turn the game around. I think it’s important we created so many chances and scored three times. It was good for the mood, and good for self-confidence.”

Farke was also pleased to see his men score from a corner, with Timm Klose’s powerful heading putting City 2-1 up, and was delighted with Alex Pritchard’s first start of the season.

“It’s important to score from set-pieces, and James Maddison was there with a brilliant corner and Timm had a big will to score the goal,” Farke said. “It was important to us, and I was really relieved to score three goals for the first time in the league this season.

“And perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that today was the first time Alex Pritchard started for us. He’s a special player. He’s not 100% quite, but he creates special moments and he’s full of ability and we’re happy to have him back.”

Norwich travel to Leeds United next weekend, and Farke’s attention now turns to making sure City build on the win – after allowing time to enjoy the winning feeling.

“I think it’s important to enjoy such a win,” said Farke. “When you have a tough run it’s important you celebrate the feeling of winning. But we’ll concentrate on Leeds, and the win makes us greedy to go further on. It’s a feeling we always want to have.”

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