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Daniel Farke: A display of control

29 July 2017

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke was satisfied by the way his side ended their pre-season with a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

City fell behind midway through the first half courtesy of Pascal Gross' header, but levelled before the interval when Marley Watkins struck superbly ahead of a low-key second period.

"It was a very good performance and we controlled the game," Farke told Norwich City TV afterwards.

"In the first half it was 70-30 possession for us. That was very good because Brighton are a very organised team who it's not so easy to create chances against.

"We did that very well and the only thing is we should have scored earlier. There was one crossing situation we didn't defend well enough for Brighton to score, which was sloppy.

"The response was good to get back to 1-1 then the second half was more open. We deserved to win but it was important for the guys to show fight against a team from the Premier League."

Having seen the Canaries go unbeaten across their eight warm-up games, Farke remains eager to place more attention on the process by which that feat has been achieved. 

"I don't go too deep with pre-season as you have to work to make a base," he explained.

"We are in good physical condition and the guys have been able to get used to our philosophy. For sure, you can take self-confidence because it's important to know you can resist every opponent.

"We are very content we didn't lose a game."

With his options against The Seagulls heavily restricted by injury, Farke also delivered an update on the status of those missing from the matchday squad.

"I am hopeful Wes Hoolahan will be able to be in our squad [at Fulham]," the Head Coach said.

"We did without Josh Murphy because he had a strain in his muscle. I don't think it's too difficult but we didn't want to take chances and we hope that he will return.

"Yesterday Ivo Pinto trained with the team for the first time. He won't be 100 per cent next week but there is hope on the horizon.

"I hope next week we will have a better situation." 

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