Daniel Farke says he was happy with Norwich’s performance against a tenacious Stevenage side in City’s third pre-season friendly.
The Canaries enjoyed a bright opening and were 2-0 up thanks to a Nelson Oliveira penalty and a poacher’s finish from Alex Pritchard. Despite bossing much of the possession and creating several good chances, City were pegged back by Alex Samuel’s poke and Dale Gorman’s penalty.
“I think it was a really hard test but I think the opponent did very well,” said Farke. “They were very aggressive, and of course we are not happy with the result because we wanted to win the game, but we don’t go too deep with it because it was a pre-season friendly.
“In the first half we were good in our counter-actions. We were strict and tough, scored twice and had many chances. We defended very well, especially in the back line. In the second half I thought we were better in possession than the first half, and we had more of the ball but were not as effective in our counter actions.”
City travelled to Stevenage with 15 fit players, but Farke says there are long-term benefits to the hard work his players are putting in on the training ground.
“Steven Naismith and Marley Watkins could have played but you don’t want to take too many risks in pre-season. It was a good hard session for the guys, and I’m really happy with our working style right now and I think the results of that during the season will be much more important than today.”
With James Husband making his Canaries debut as a late substitute, Farke has bedded in six new signings already this summer. He admits that he is looking to make further additions to the squad. “As a Head Coach you always want all of the players together as soon as possible but I’ve been in football for long enough to know you have to be patient.”