Daniel Farke was delighted to see his Norwich side progress to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup after a 3-1 victory over Brentford at Griffin Park.
A double strike from Mario Vrancic sealed the impressive win, with Josh Murphy adding City’s third.
"We're pleased today. We wanted to be in the last 16 and we deserve to be one of the last 16 clubs. It was a difficult game against a good opposition, but we totally deserved to win.
“We were better in possession than against Sheffield United, and controlled the game – especially in the second half. It was a very good win.
Even an injury time goal for Brentford – just as City were looking to celebrate four consecutive clean sheets – failed to dampen Farke’s spirits. "Normally I'd be annoyed and angry to concede,” he said. “But I'm not today. In the league, every goal counts and I’d be screaming if it was in the league. But it’s always good to have a reminder for the lads that we must concentrate at all times, and to always do your basic stuff well.
“We had to defend really well in 15 or 20 minutes in the first half and I was very pleased with that.”
Farke was also pleased with the displays of goalscorers Vrancic and Murphy. “I'm happy for Mario Vrancic,” Farke said. “He's a very good player and great at set-piece – he has really good skills. He was calm in the penalty situation and it was a great free-kick and I’m really pleased with him.
“We spoke with Josh in the last days, and the key for him in his game is his aggressive attitude and he was much improved today from Sheffield United. He worked really hard and concentrated for the team.
“It was a really great goal and a very good performance, and it’ll be great for his confidence.”
With the draw tomorrow evening, Farke says he doesn’t mind who City face in the last 16. “I hope for a home game in the next round,” he says. “But whoever it is we really want to get through to the next round and continue our cup run.”