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Daniel Farke: We are just concentrating on our performances

26 December 2018

Daniel Farke said his City side will continue concentrating on their performances not looking too far ahead as they prepare for three games in seven days over the festive period.

Norwich will take on Nottingham Forest at home on Boxing Day before playing Derby County at Carrow Road on Saturday, December 29, followed by Bentford away on New Year’s Day.

And speaking after Saturday’s victory over Blackburn Rovers, Farke said they know they face some tough challenges ahead.

“We have to enjoy these games,” said the City Head Coach. “We have to enjoy this moment that we are in good shape and on this unbeaten run. We know that they are clubs with bigger opportunities in financial terms, so Nottingham I think even spent more money than Wolverhampton did last season and we don’t have to speak about Derby County with some brilliant signings. They are two massive sides and 100% the favourites for promotion.

“At the moment we are ahead of them in the table and this is outstanding and it’s important that we don’t feel too much pressure in these games. It could be that several key lads are not involved in the game so we will have to be competitive and we want to go further on with the best performance we can show and hopefully also with some good results.”

Defender Grant Hanley has returned to the team after being out for three months with an injury and Farke also hopes to have Timm Klose back for Wednesday’s game. But with so much competition in each position, and Ben Godfrey featuring in the centre-back position for City’s last three games, Farke said choosing his starting elven can be a tough task.

“We have several injury concerns so for that we have to wait to see who is available for the game,” he said.

“I am totally happy with Ben Godfrey, he had to wait pretty long but from the beginning of the season and watching in pre-season I already knew he could play outstanding in the centre-back role. He proved it again [on Saturday] because it was difficult to control Bradley Dack and Danny Graham and they were totally on fire in the recent weeks.

“Christoph Zimmerman and Ben were outstanding in their performance and even in the last games when we conceded a few goals, Ben was there nearly without any mistakes and with him in the starting line-up we have three games with seven points so big compliments to him. I’m also looking forward to having Timm Klose back and to having Grant Hanley in a good rhythm after a long injury, and when all the lads are performing it’s a brilliant situation.”

Norwich go into Boxing Day second in the Championship table on 47 points, but despite being delighted with his team’s success so far this season, Farke said it is not the time to sit back and reflect.

Farke said: “Even at the beginning of the season we were not looking too far ahead, we are just concentrating on our performances and the results are coming automatically.

“It’s not time for analysing the first half of the season, it’s more like we are in the festive period with many games to prepare for to make sure that we go further on successfully and that’s what we are trying to do.

“Perhaps after January 1, ok we have a cup game, but at least there will be a bit of time to take a breath in the league and we can analyse where we are. At the moment there is no time to rest and no time to enjoy it too much, we have to work further on and that’s what we are trying to do.”

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