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Daniel Farke: Paderborn provided a really good test

15 July 2018

Daniel Farke was pleased with the test Paderborn provided his Norwich City side in the first match of their pre-season tour on Sunday afternoon.

City struggled to cope with Paderborn's intensity in the first-half and trailed 2-0 at the break but they improved in the second and ran-out 3-2 winners, thanks to goals from Dennis Srbeny and Teemu Pukki (2).

"It was a really good test for us like we expected," said Farke, speaking to Norwich City TV. "We knew they would play with lots of self-confidence. 

"They had a brilliant season and they are a team that is pretty brave and likes to press.

"It was totally different to the first [few] friendly games because this team wanted to press us high and be aggressive.

"I'm especially pleased with the second-half and our reaction after being 2-0 down to be able to turn this game especially in these conditions.

"In the training camp yesterday, we had two tough sessions and the lads were tired. We played here at 1pm German time and it's more than 30 degrees on the pitch. 

"Then to be able to turn this game and to win the game in the end, I'm pretty pleased, especially with the reaction in the second-half."

Farke was particularly happy with how his team came through such a difficult challenge.

"Paderborn are a side who could easily play in the [Sky Bet] Championship because they are a physical team and emotional-playing team.

"It was a test for our level and it was a close game and tough test. When you win such a test, it's always good.

"There are also some things we have to improve but in general, it's a really good test and I'm pleased today."

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