Daniel Farke says he expects Burton Albion to be desperate to prove a point against Norwich after their 5-0 defeat at the weekend.
Nigel Clough’s men were heavily beaten by Leeds United on Saturday, but Farke says he expects them to come out fighting from the first minute on Tuesday evening.
“They’ll come here with a great attitude to repair their result against Leeds,” Farke told the media on Monday. “You never know how a team will play exactly, but I expect them to be a little bit more compact than Birmingham and to not give us much space to play. It might not be so easy to create chances so we’ll have to keep the speed in our possession high and to give them plenty to work on.
“We know how important it is to score the first goal, and we know we have to be hungry to score and to concentrate on our finishing situation. We have to force the situations and then be ice cold in the finishing situations.”
Farke was pleased with the Canaries’ performance against Birmingham City in Saturday’s win, and wants a repeat of the same desire and attitude the players showed. “I expect them to show the same 100% attitude against Burton,” he said. “We knew there was a lot of pressure on our game against Birmingham. And we won with a really good performance, so it’s normal to calm down and take a breath.
“But Burton had a big loss at Leeds, so we know we have to show the same attitude. It will be a different game in comparison to the game against Birmingham. There will be different sorts of tasks for us, and we’ve been working on those in training.”
Reflecting on the win over Birmingham on Saturday, Farke says he was encouraged by a professional defensive display. “Our defending pleased me the most,” he says. “All of the lads knew we were too poor in the games before in our defending behaviour. We worked a lot on this topic, and we were better against Birmingham. We took the right decision with some tactical changes.
“If I had to choose to be perfect in possession or perfect in defending behaviour I would always choose being perfect in defending because it determines the game. I spoke with the lads about how happy I was with the defensive behaviour after the game, but we did also talk about being better in possession.
“Birmingham had more set-pieces than any other opponent against us, but I felt we were fine because we were so sharp and so aggressive.”