Daniel Farke saluted a perfect send-off for City legend Wes Hoolahan as Norwich came from behind to beat Leeds United 2-1 in the season’s final game at Carrow Road.
Hoolahan scored City’s first with a deflected strike and set up Josh Murphy’s winner as he bowed out in style in his 352nd match for the Canaries.
“To have a finish where he’s really crucial to our win with one goal and one assist is really outstanding for Wes,” Farke told the media. “His first league goal of the season in the last game, and to get the win – if I could paint the last game I would paint it like this.
“It’s a well-deserved finish for Wes, and it was pretty emotional throughout the whole week and especially today. I was pleased with him that he was there with a really good performance and some crucial moments.
“He’s a legend, and to go out in style with this performance is brilliant and I’m totally pleased for him.”
Hoolahan levelled the scores just before time, his long-range effort deflecting off Pontus Jansson’s boot, looping over the goalkeeper and striking both posts before going over the line.
“Mario Vrancic won the ball and Wes was hungry and greedy to create something, and he was there with a good run from midfield,” Farke said. “His shot was deflected and it hit the post and we have to wait for it to go over the line, but when the ball went in it was emotional and I’m just pleased for Wes.”
The boss was delighted with City’s performance in the final home game of the season, and believes his side were fully deserving of their victory.
“It pleased me to come back to win,” he said. “It was a close game, especially in the first half, but I thought we were the dominating team in the second half. They scored from their first strike on our goal, but I think we totally deserved to turn the game around because we had many chances in the second half.
“It’s brilliant to get a win in your last home game, and it was important for the mood and the self-confidence for next season. It was important to put in a good performance and to get the win, so it was a good day for us.
“Our fans were also brilliant, and the way they celebrated Wes and the whole team was amazing.”