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Daniel Farke praises fitness levels and mentality

4 August 2018

Daniel Farke praised his team’s fitness levels and mentality as they fought from behind twice to earn a point against Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s.

Onel Hernandez struck two equalisers in the final ten minutes after Jacques Maghoma and Viv Solomon-Otabor had put the hosts ahead.

Reflecting on the match to Norwich City TV, Farke said: “To sum it up, it would cost five years of my life time. That’s why we love football so much – it’s always a bit crazy.

“You could say, in the first game, an away game, you could live with a draw. After being on the front foot for 90 minutes and you concede a late goal, it kills you.

“The mentality the lads showed was unbelievable and they were able to come back with two late goals and turn the game.

“I have to praise the lads for their fitness levels and their mentality and togetherness.”

Despite City’s late comeback, Farke said he felt his team could and should have taken all three points.

“On the other hand, I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t win this game.

“When you create so many chances and when you dominate the game, we had 70% possession, you deserve to win the game.

“We scored two times and had the big, big chance from Jordan Rhodes in the first-half and he had an unbelievable chance in the second-half.

“Onel Hernandez was pretty close when it went 1-1 – you got the feeling just one team was able to win this game.

“For that we were pretty close and we totally deserved to win this game. But you have to accept it.”

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