City boss Daniel Farke praised Norwich’s battling spirit as they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win against Brentford at Griffin Park.
It was the Canaries’ fourth win in six league matches, and they had to show all of their defensive resolve in the second half against a Brentford side that hadn’t lost at home in the league for 13 games.
“Brentford are in good shape and when you lead early, you look to determine the game with a second goal,” Farke told the media after the match. “But it felt like a long second half – I’m not sure how we got eight minutes of injury time – but we defended everything and it’s a good evening for us.
“We started very well. Our pressing was good and we were good in possession. We were really dangerous on the counter-attack and we created a lot of chances.
“We had a really good offensive game in the first half, and then a really good defensive game in the second half, and I have to praise the lads for this performance.”
Farke said he was disappointed City didn’t extend their lead in the first half following Maddison’s sensational fifth-minute goal.
“James had an outstanding strike, and we had three or four really big chances in the first half, but because we missed several chances it became a long second half.
“I’d prefer if we’d been better in possession in the second half and more clinical, but we showed great togetherness and showed great defending behaviours.
“Sometimes we don’t have the best day with possession, but at least then you have to be dangerous in counter actions and we were.”
After a busy week in which City brought in three new players – all of whom were on the bench – and lost Ivo Pinto to injury, Farke was pleased with Norwich’s fight and determination.
“It can be difficult in the transfer window, because new players join and some go out, and then, of course, we had a disappointing injury for Ivo,” he said. “So to have a clean sheet and a win is really brilliant.
“It was good we could present the new guys with a decent example of English football. We didn’t want to risk them too much by bringing them into the starting line-up.
“Moritz Leitner [who came on as a late substitute] was really good when he came on. They’ve only had one training session, and we think they’ll be really good fits for us in the next weeks and months, and it’s good they’ve got this taste of English football.”