Daniel Farke admitted Norwich City’s defensive effort at Middlesbrough made him feel about three years older, but he said he was proud of his players after their 1-0 victory at the Riverside Stadium.
City struck early after James Maddison’s stunning strike and defended superbly to stretch their unbeaten run and record their fifth consecutive Sky Bet Championship clean sheet in a row.
“I feel three years older but that’s normal after such a terrific game,” said Farke.
“We showed brilliant defensive behaviour and you have to be awake until the last second. We played a very good team here and they are one of the top favourites for the title.
“They’ve had four home games with ten points and were unbeaten. I’m unbelievably proud of the lads today and really happy that we were able to win this game.
“Each point counts and each win is just three points but today was special.”
Farke offered a measured assessment of Maddison’s strike and overall performance and said he was pleased with his player’s comeback from injury.
When asked his opinion on the goal, he said: “Yeah, it was okay! I think we have to be careful with the young lads. If we tell them too much that they’re really good and brilliant, then sometimes they think too much about it.
“They have to work hard for the club and improve each and every day. It was a brilliant goal from James and a brilliant performance from him after his injury.”