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Daniel Farke: We totally deserved the win

7 April 2018

Daniel Farke was delighted with City’s reaction in an excellent 3-1 win over Aston Villa at Carrow Road.

Following Monday’s defeat to QPR, Farke was looking for his side to bounce back and they did that in style against the fourth-placed Villans, and City could have scored more in a dominant second-half performance.

“We wanted to respond from QPR in terms of winning the duels and today we were really aggressive and won most of our duels and it was a really good home game,” Farke said. “Today was a totally deserved win.

“It’s always important after setbacks that you stay brave and aggressive, and we did that today.”

City were well organised in the first half against a side full of attacking talent, and went in ahead at the break thanks to a wonderful 30-yard strike from Josh Murphy.

“The first half we controlled the game and didn’t give one chance away, not even one shot,” Farke said. “But we were not so clean in our finishing situations. Thank God Josh was there with an outstanding goal close to half-time.

“In the second half we created many chances and scored twice. There were perhaps 15 minutes when we dropped too deep, but it’s good to be flexible and I changed formations because I got the feeling it would help the lads a bit to change to three at the back to get better passing angles and to help get the game under control and we did. We could easily have scored four or five times in the second half.”

After struggling for wins at home for much of the season, Farke believes his side are starting to click at Carrow Road.

“We could have scored six or seven against Reading and could have scored six times today, and we had a good performance against Fulham but couldn’t get the goal. I feel we’re heading in the right direction at home.”

The boss also had praise for an excellent display from Murphy and striker Dennis Srbeny, who opened his account for the Canaries.

“I’m pleased for Josh,” Farke said. “Sometimes he makes the wrong decision, but it’s important that you back your players. At the beginning of the game he lost the ball a couple of times but you have to give him your trust and support and his confidence grew from minute to minute.

“I thought he was outstanding, not just with his brilliant goal and his outstanding assist but also with his workload.

“I was also pleased for Dennis. A first goal for a striker is always important. He worked so much for the team and he has an outstanding attitude and has good tactical behaviour. He’s still adapting to the English game and he can still improve, but he saved so many balls and played the right passes.”

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