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Daniel Farke: We had fire in our hearts

22 October 2017

Daniel Farke thanked the Norwich City fans after James Maddison’s finish gave City the derby spoils at Portman Road.

Maddison’s cool finish in the 59th minute was the difference in an open contest, and sent the 2,009 City fans into raptures. There were further jubilant scenes at full-time as City extended their unbeaten run against Ipswich to nine games.

“It was a special win, and we totally deserved to win this game,” Farke said. “I’m happy for the lads and I’m happy we’ve won for our fans, and our support today was unbelievable. I’m really pleased we were able to give them this present.”

Ipswich missed two glorious headed chances in the first half, but City were always a threat and controlled the match in the second half.

“Our defence behaviour was unbelievably good and especially in the second half we were better in possession and created more chances,” said Farke. “It’s always in close games to score the first goal. The guys played with fire in their heart but were also cool in the head and very disciplined and it was pleasing.”

Farke was full of praise for City’s resolve and spirit in a match full of chances and strong challenges – while his team also had to deal with injury blows both before and during the game.

“Nelson Oliveira was going to be in the starting line-up but we had to do without him after feeling pain this morning and in the warm-up. And Christoph Zimmermann had to go off. But it just shows that whatever happens, the guys are always there with a big fighting attitude and togetherness.

“When you think we had Oliveira, Alex Pritchard, Steven Naismith, Josh Murphy, Marley Watkins not all fully available it’s difficult offensively but as long as we come home with clean sheets we are able to win the games.”

The victory pushed the Canaries into the top six for the first time this season, but Farke isn’t getting carried away with City’s impressive form.

“We are the team of the moment and are unbeaten for a long time, and we have over two points per game over our good run,” he said. “But we have to concentrate in each and every game, and the league is a marathon. It’s a good feeling and I like to be in this position after such a big change in the summer but at the moment it’s not important. We just have to keep concentrating and working with the right attitude.”

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