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Daniel Farke: We can still improve defensively

21 December 2018

Daniel Farke said he wants his City side to keep more clean sheets despite having one of the best defensive records in the league.

The Norwich boss is happy with how his side are defending this season, but still thinks they can improve in that aspect of their game.

Farke said: “I got the feeling that last season we had a few problems at the beginning but then we were defensively pretty solid.

“There were perhaps three or four exceptions for the rest of the season where we had poor defensive behaviour.

“We are there with more consistency defensively this season, but we can still improve the amount of goals we concede. It’s a topic we have recently talked about, because even though we won 3-2 and 4-3, we would like to add more clean sheets.”

The Canaries will be coming up against Harrison Reed for the first time since the midfielder departed at the end of last season as they take on Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. 

“I loved him [Harrison Reed] as a player but also his personality; he was a great guy to have around at the training ground and in the summer it was pretty sad when he had to return to Southampton,” said Farke. 

The City boss is excepting a tough game against the side who were promoted from League One last season, and believes the home side will be full of confidence.

He said: “They are full of confidence, I think they have just one loss in their last 31 home games or something like this, especially at home they are full of confidence."

Danny Graham and Bradley Dack have been among the goalscorers for Blackburn, and Farke knows they pose a dangerous threat.

“They have several offensive players who are there with many goals [Danny] Graham, [Bradley [Dack] especially. It’s a sign of their quality that an offensive player like Kasey Palmer doesn’t get much game time.

“I think at the moment they are just five points off the play-off ranks, so I think they still have a pretty good chance of making a push to the play-offs.”

However Farke made it clear his side will be fully focused and concentrated on bringing the points back to Norwich this weekend.

He said: “It’s a tough task, especially an away game against Blackburn because their home form is impressive, we are aware that we have to be there with a really good performance and have to be competitive but that’s what we are trying to do.

“We know they are a good side and can play at a top level, but we also want to play at a top level and we want to travel back with the points and that’s our target.”

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