Daniel Farke says the Canaries will head to Nottingham Forest determined to improve on their performance in the draw against Barnsley on Saturday.
City were held 1-1 at Carrow Road in an occasionally lethargic performance, and Farke expects the team to be full of energy against Forest on Tuesday evening.
“It was a poor performance against Barnsley, probably our worst home performance,” Farke told the media on Monday lunchtime. “It’s important to be really honest in the dressing room, and we spoke very honestly about topics we were poor in. But you also don’t want to be too concerned as well, because it does go like this sometimes in football. You have to work hard after your setbacks, and speak directly and objectively about what went wrong.
“But we are three points from the play-offs and in the same position as some really good teams. So it’s a solid situation we’re in, but we know we have to be more successful.
"We 100% wanted to win against Barnsley, but we need to get that frustration out of the way and to aim to get points against Nottingham and to get back to the position we were two and a half weeks ago. We want a result that will bring more confidence and get us back on track.”
Forest, who sit one place and one point ahead of the Canaries in the Sky Bet Championship table, have won their last three home games and Farke knows City will have to be at their best. “Nottingham Forest are a big club with a great history and they are full of potential. They’re in good shape at home and it’s a hard task, but when we’re there with a 100% working style and concentration we know we have the ability to get points at each and every stadium – we’ve already shown that at really good sides this season.
“Nottingham are a team that likes to be in possession and move the ball quickly. It’s similar to Fulham, Middlesbrough and Reading – and you have to be really aggressive and really awake in the defensive behaviour. The key is to be good against the ball, and we are looking forward to it.”
Farke also says it’s important to keep faith in his young team over a long season that will bring ups and downs. “We have to trust our young players, and we have to give them a chance to develop and reach the next level. We want to develop Josh Murphy and it’s important to give him trust. He’s had some brilliant performances this season, and he knows he was pretty poor against Barnsley.
“But he knows we trust him, and he knows where he has to improve. And it’s a good sign that even in a poor game he is able to score, so he is still influencing games. We have to be honest with him, and we have to support him, and I’m convinced that’s the best way to develop him and all of our younger players.”