City Head Coach Daniel Farke was satisfied with Norwich’s performance in the 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers.
In his first game as Head Coach, Farke looked on as Alex Tettey, Nelson Oliveira, Mario Vrancic, James Maddison and Alex Pritchard gave the Canaries a comfortable win.
“The boys had a good start, so it was a good performance especially in the first half. In the second half there was 20 minutes when we had to calm down the game a bit as we were a little bit too hungry for more goals. I didn’t want to give away a chance in the whole game and I’m pretty content with that.”
Opponents Cobh, who play in the second tier of the League of Ireland, were backed by a strong crowd and were happy to sit deep and soak up pressure, with Norwich working hard to break them down. “It was a good first game,” says Farke. “Their guys were hungry – they played physically and were aggressive, but we controlled the game and dominated and were awake in the defence. For the first game it was a pretty good performance. It’s nice to have the first game, and the first win and we will enjoy the evening.”
City made nine changes at half-time, with only Timm Klose and debutant Christoph Zimmermann playing the full 90 minutes. Alongside Zimmermann, there were also first appearances in yellow for Vrancic and Marley Watkins and all three impressed on the night.
“They were all pretty good,” said Farke. "They were a little nervous to start with, but they all played pretty well and now they can concentrate on their work with us.
“You learn in each and every game, and you notice new things in every game and it gives us something to work on.”