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Daniel Farke praises City’s mentality

18 February 2018

Daniel Farke praised his team’s never-say-die attitude as Timm Klose’s bullet header gave Norwich a dramatic equaliser in the East Anglian derby.

Luke Chambers gave Ipswich the lead as he headed in an 89th-minute corner after City had dominated the second half. But Norwich never gave up, with Grant Hanley chasing what looked like a lost cause to keep the ball on the right of the area before swinging a pint-point cross towards the charging Klose.

“I have to praise my lads for their reaction, their mentality and their togetherness,” Farke said. “Normally in football when you conceded such a late goal you lose a game.

“Sometimes you have to create something special. Grant had a brilliant game, and then he put the best cross of the match in and Timm is always greedy to score and good with his head, and he was really concentrated and finished brilliantly. They deserve all of the plaudits and praise.

“It feels a bit like a win when you equalise in the 95th-minute. And thank god we got a draw. Psychologically it can even be better than a comfortable win.”

Norwich were second best in the first-half but were a very different proposition in the second-half, with Bartosz Bialkowski pulling off a series of brilliant saves.

“It was a typical derby,” Farle said. “Lot of ferociousness, lots of duels, lots of intensity and full of emotion.

“Conceding a goal was really ridiculous in the second half because we completely dominated and it was their only shot on the goal in the second half. We had James Maddison who went close twice from a free-kick situation, Timm Klose had a chance from a couple of metres and their goalkeeper did brilliantly.

“It was not so easy in the first-half for us. They tried to mirror us, and it was one of our poorest halves in recent games and we didn’t move the ball well enough. But in the second half we did much better, and only one team were playing. We had 75% possession and 13 to 1 shots on goal.”

Farke said his side’s togetherness meant they never feel they are out of a game – even when going a goal behind in the final minute of stoppage time.

“We have the best record of teams in the Championship in the 30 minutes,” he said. “We’re fit, and we have a togetherness and we believe we can always score late – which means we know we can create special things.

“It was brilliant to stay unbeaten against Ipswich for the supporters and the whole club.”

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