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Daniel Farke: “I was very content with the performance”

8 July 2017

Head Coach Daniel Farke was pleased with City’s second win of pre-season and gave injury updates on Timm Klose, Wes Hoolahan and Ivo Pinto.

Norwich’s 5-1 win made it two wins in four days following the 5-0 defeat of Cobh Ramblers on Wednesday. Lowestoft Town provided sterner and more tenacious competition, and took the lead in the 21st minute but City bounced back to register a comfortable victory.

“My players brought the right attitude on the pitch,” said Farke. “It was pretty hard work on the training pitch this week to be honest. We arrived back in Norwich late yesterday, and had a hard session for the guys this morning before heading over on the bus. The pitch was a little bit dry and not so easy to play on, so the players did really well for these conditions.

“I wanted to watch them fighting against their tired feelings and the conditions and they did really well. I was very content with the performance.”

City conceded their first goal in pre-season, with Travis Cole scrambling in from a free-kick. “Several things went wrong from the set-piece situation, and I hate to concede goals but during pre-season the guys are a little bit tired and these things can happen. But, for sure, I hate conceding.

“That’s one point I’m disappointed about, but that’s football and sometimes you don’t get the perfect game, and today I’ve just got compliments for the guys.”

Harrison Reed, who joined the Canaries on loan from Southampton on Wednesday, was one of six players to complete the full match.

“It was a hard decision to give him 90 minutes,” said Farke. “This morning was his first session training with the team so he might have been a little nervous to meet all the guys and then having to train with them. And then after that to play 90 minutes was not easy because he doesn’t know quite as much about our strategy because he’s only been here a few days.

“But he did well and it was important to spend 90 minutes on the pitch and get used to our strategy and philosophy.”

Timm Klose was withdrawn from the starting XI shortly before kick-off – with Ben Godfrey moving from right-back into the centre and Yanic Wildschut slotting in at right-back – while Wes Hoolahan and Ivo Pinto didn’t travel with the team.

“At the end of this morning’s session Timm said he had some problems with his leg which wasn’t too concerning,” said Farke. “But during the warm-up he told me he felt something, so my decision was to not take any risks in this game. We don’t have so many options at centre-back so we didn’t take the risk. But Ben Godfrey did really well there.

“Wes isn’t at the same stage as he was 10 years ago, so you have to be a little bit careful with him. He’s picked up some problems with his legs and his back so we decided to give him a little break, and hopefully he will return on Monday.

“For Ivo we will have to wait a little bit for the doctor’s diagnosis because he has some problems with his hamstring. Hopefully we won’t lose him for too long but we’ll have to wait a little bit for the doctor.”

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