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Daniel Farke: Bolton game is chance to show our progress

7 December 2018

Daniel Farke hopes his Norwich City side can display their progress over the past ten months when they take on Bolton Wanderers on Saturday (3pm).

City were frustrated in a goalless draw against the same opponents at Carrow Road in February, despite dominating the fixture with a host of gilt-edged opportunities.

However, Farke hopes his Canaries can show how far they've come since that fixture with a commanding display in their last home outing before Christmas.

"In the first 45 minutes [of that game], it was one of our best 45 minutes of the whole season. We played some fantastic football," he said at his pre-match press conference.

"We were anyhow not effective enough in using our chances. That's what we have added a lot [to our game] in recent weeks. We've scored many, many goals.

"In the second-half of that game, we were quite frustrated that we weren't able to score in the first-half and we were not able to play further on.

"I got the feeling in recent weeks, when we got some setbacks we were even able to go onto the next highest gear and improve our level of performances.

"That shows how much we've developed over the recent weeks and months and hopefully we can show this improved development and situation on Saturday."

Bolton come into the game on the back of just one win in 16 matches but the City Boss is wary of just how much experience and know-how the Trotters have at their disposal.

"I got the feeling they felt big pressure in their last few home games and perhaps that was why they missed several chances," he continued.

"But when you are there at an away game against the league leaders, you can go into the game saying: 'Listen, if it's possible anyhow to get a draw, brilliant.'

"They will play without a big pressure and they are unbelievably experienced as a team. They will work together and have worked with Phil Parkinson for so long.

"I'm pretty sure they won't be nervous. I'm expecting a side who will be compact and solid in protecting their own goal.

"We have to be really awake in this game."

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