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Daniel Farke: We have to be switched on to get the points

31 December 2018

Daniel Farke said the consistency of his players performance levels have been “outstanding” so far this season when speaking ahead of City’s game against Brentford on Tuesday (3pm kick-off).

City’s unbeaten run came to an end against Derby County on Saturday, but the Canaries remain second in the Championship table.

Farke said: “In general we got the feeling that the last few games have been emotional with some dramatic endings, it’s important to speak about them in a calm way.

“To be in this position having a small gap between us and third and a ten point gap between us and seventh, it’s pretty outstanding and I can praise the lads not only for the performance but for the consistency.

“The games are coming thick and fast so it’s a pretty busy period but we have to be switched on in order to prepare the team for our next opponent and that’s what we have done in order to be prepared for Brentford.”

The Canaries are up against the Bees on New Year’s Day and the London-based side are now unbeaten in their last three games.

“They [Brentford] had a good start to the league, they scored the most goals and were in a brilliant position but then they got a few injuries and also a change of the head coach position," Farke said. 

“Thomas Frank is a pretty experienced coach but it takes time for the new coach to adapt. They have had some tough weeks and slipped away in the table, but I have got the feeling that in recent weeks they have stabilised.

“It will be a difficult game and we know we have to be at our best to be competitive and win the three points. The team who is able to dominate the ball has a big chance of winning the game because you are playing to your strengths.”

Teemu Pukki has had a magnificent 2018 and the City boss praised the Finnish international on his fantastic goal scoring form.

“To score consistently over 12 months is a sign of his quality and I have big compliments for him," said Farke. "He’s always there with crucial goals, whether that’s the first goal or the goal that gives us the lead.

“He’s a team player, to have a striker with this mentality to think more about the team than his personal data and statistics is outstanding.”

Farke rounded off his press conference by reflecting on the unbeaten run City went on which has allowed them to climb to second in the table.

He said: “When you are on such a run you don’t really have time to enjoy it, but when you can rest a bit and look back, it’s a bit historical what we achieved and this with such a young side was outstanding.”

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