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Daniel Farke: It was important to be patient against Rotherham

1 December 2018

Daniel Farke believe patience was key as Norwich City produced a stirring second-half fightback to beat Rotherham United 3-1.

City trailed at the break after Richie Towell's close-range opener on 11 minutes but they rallied in the second-half and overpowered their opponents with three unanswered goals from Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons and Teemu Pukki.

Speaking within minutes of the final whistle at Carrow Road, Farke said: "I'm pretty proud to be honest. It's been several times in recent weeks that we have had setbacks.

"We played a side who was on a seven game unbeaten run and in this league, it's so important to score the first goal. 

"But again, we showed the capability to respond with our quality in a really good way. It was a well deserved win and I'm pretty proud that we were able to come back. 

"It was unbelievably important [to be patient], because when you concede a goal and you want to win the game, you know Rotherham are well organised and on a good run. 

"It was difficult to turn the game when they were in the lead. Then to stick to your plan and be patient and not lose your nerves but also be concentrated on the work you have to do - that's quite important. 

"It's always important to have a good balance between being greedy to turn the game and not lose our nerves. We got this balance right."

It was the third time in the league this season that City have came from behind to win at Carrow Road and Farke was full of praise for his team's mentality.

"We spoke [at half-time] about one or two tactical things we had to improve on. But also we spoke about the soft skills and the mentality we had to show. 

"We didn't want to be annoyed about the goal or decisions in the first-half. We needed to keep going and not be focused too much on what happens outside the pitch.

"It was important to keep the nerves and be mentally strong - that was the key today and thankfully the lads stayed focused."

Cantwell scored his first goal for City to kickstart the recovery in the second-half and Farke was particularly pleased for the young playmaker.

"We all got the feeling, even before his injury, that he was playing a crucial role in our plans. It's important that he's not only there with good performances but also add some end products.

"To be there to score today and put in a brilliant assist for Max's [Aarons] goal, it's outstanding and I'm pretty happy for Todd."


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