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Daniel Farke: I always had belief we could get the win

22 December 2018

Daniel Farke said he always knew his Norwich City side had it in them to find another late winner in their visit to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The Canaries left it late once again but got their reward for a dogged, determined display in Lancashire, thanks to Teemu Pukki’s 86th minute goal.

Asked whether he believed his team could find that elusive goal to get them the three points, Farke said: “Yes, always. I trust my lads. I got the feeling in the first-half, Teemu was there with two big chances.

“We scored a goal [via a Ben Godfrey header] and why it was disallowed, I don’t know. I thought it was a foul against Marco Stiepermann [in the build-up].

“It was a difficult game. We had to handle so many difficult situations during this game but I always trust my players and I was sure that we would be able to win this game and create something special.

“It was not only the performance [that got the result], it was the mentality as well. It’s a massive and special win because it was so difficult for us in the first-half.

“We were totally on the front foot and dominating the game but then Blackburn tried to break our rhythm. They knew we had several key players and they tried to foul them. I had to substitute Emi Buendia pretty quickly in the game with a dead leg.

“Then I had to substitute Moritz Leitner at half-time after some nasty tackling. They tried to break our rhythm and to annoy us and to make out of this game their game.

“We spoke about this at half-time: just really special teams are able to stay cool in these moments and play further on.

“This was exactly what we did and big compliments to the lads because it was a special win for us. It’s pretty special how my young team was able to handle this situation.

“Some very experienced teams struggle against a team who annoy you and break your rhythm. Then to dig in and work together is outstanding.”

Farke was disappointed with the treatment of his players in the first-half, with Buendia and Leitner forced off with knocks.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk post-match, the City Head Coach gave a fitness update on the pair.

“It was a dead leg for Emi Buendia when the ball was ten metres away and there was a big foul on him,” he explained.

“They wanted to put him out of the game. It will last a few days and I’m a bit concerned that he can’t play on Wednesday [against Nottingham Forest] or during the whole Christmas period.

“We have a pretty busy period so it could be that we have to be without in the next few games. We will have to see how it develops.

“With Moritz Leitner, we will have to wait. There was a nasty tackle against his ankle and he was struggling in the first-half.

“Near half-time, he slipped and couldn’t wait. We will have to see how it develops. It’s a bit more tragic for him because he just came back after an injury.”


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