Daniel Farke felt Norwich fully deserved their 1-0 win over Birmingham City and was pleased with a resolute defensive display.
Nelson Oliveira’s fifth-minute strike was enough to separate the two sides, but City will feel they should have scored more while Birmingham struggled to work any real openings and Angus Gunn barely had a save to make.
“We had big defensive problems in our last games and conceded too many goals,” said Farke. “Today the main topic was to defend really well, which we did and I can’t remember one chance for Birmingham. They had only two shots on goal, which were free-kicks, and we concentrated for every second and totally deserved the clean sheet and the win.
“We missed a lot of chances and scored many more goals, but I’m content with the performance and with the lads.”
Farke made five changes from the defeat to Millwall, and changed the system to a 4-2-3-1. “We switched a little bit how we pressed because I was not so content with how we pressed in the last games, and for that we covered the tactical positions in different ways today.
“But the most important thing was the defending attitude and the behaviour of the lads.”
Timm Klose returned to the side following an injury in pre-season, and he put in an excellent shift at the back alongside Christoph Zimmermann, who was also very solid. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on Timm but I think his performance today was brilliant,” Farke said. “His leadership was great, and his defence behaviour helped.
“It was the first time we’d been able to train with 21 lads in the days leading up to a match. You have to make some hard decisions but you like having options as a coach. It helps to have Timm back and Ivo [Pinto] at 100%.”
The result gave City their second win of the Championship season after a topsy-turvy opening to the campaign, and Farke hopes City will be able to capitalise on the result.
“We want to be successful and go further on,” he says. “It can be a bit of a rollercoaster at the start with so many big changes and problems with injuries. But right now the players are back, and we want to be more consistent in our performances and our results now.”