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Daniel Farke: Our spirit and mentality is not normal

8 December 2018

Daniel Farke labelled his Norwich City side's spirit and attitude as "not normal" as they produced another stoppage-time winner to beat Bolton Wanderers 3-2.

City looked as if they were going to have to settle for a point after second-half goals from Sammy Ameobi and Mark Beevers cancelled out earlier strikes from Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann.

However, Teemu Pukki leathered home a superb finish in the third minute of stoppage-time, resulting in scenes akin to those witnessed after the 4-3 victory over Millwall just under a month ago.

"I'm totally pleased. These lads are crazy. To respond again after the story of the game was even more difficult," said Farke, speaking to Norwich City TV post-match.

"To turn all the games in the recent weeks and to come back against Millwall was crazy but to have this development of the game and to come back is outstanding. 

"Normally, you can't win such a game. You [sometimes] have to be happy after this story of the game and go away with one point.

"But again, to have a response is brilliant. Big compliments to the spirit, attitude and mentality of the lads. It's not normal."

Farke believed his team's victory was fully merited: "It's no doubt that the win was well-deserved. We dominated the possession and had more than 20 shots on their goal.

"We were leading 2-0 and normally should have killed the game much, much earlier.

"But it is like it is. When you don't score the third goal, the opponent - who is one of the most experienced in the league - out of a lucky situation, score the first goal.

"In the last minutes, anything can happen. The game didn't change - we dominated the game and they tried to be there with long balls and in the last minutes, when they brought all their tall lads in, something could happen.

"This happened with the 2-2. We had such a young group of players on the pitch and after the story of the game, [it was] perhaps a bit too young.

"They had all the momentum in that moment, but to find a way to win in this way is crazy. We can't praise the lads enough today."

Farke had to make a late change to his starting eleven with Timm Klose forced to withdraw.

The City boss delivered an update on the fitness of his talismanic centre-back: "He had a knee issue during the week. Everything seemed to be fine and during the warm-up, everything was fine.

"But at the end of the warm-up, he felt some pain. It's just a bruise but it's nothing too serious.

"Big compliments to Ben Godfrey today [who replaced Klose]. He was there with a really good performance, despite not playing much in recent weeks."

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