“We are capable to have such a win because we have such an extraordinary group.”
That was the reaction from City boss Daniel Farke after Norwich came from behind twice to beat Millwall 4-3 at Carrow Road.
The game took many twists and turns, with Norwich having a first-half goal disallowed and missing a penalty, but Farke praised the character of his squad to fight until the end.
“This is one of those nights when we all love this game so much,” he said. “It was an unbelievable game, there were so many turns in the game, so may odds against us and changing points and to get a late win in the 96th minute is outstanding. I just can’t praise the lads enough.
“Normally you can’t win this game and in the first half we conceded a goal out of a situation and Millwall’s biggest threat is set pieces. We scored the equaliser but without any reason it was not given, but we turned the game and had a chance to go in the lead but we missed a penalty, so it was pretty tricky.
“Then we went in the lead 2-1 but we were too relieved and didn’t concentrate on defending and conceded the equaliser after that. Again, we wanted to turn the game around, but we lost our nerves and conceded another late goal. But after that we took lots of risks, we brought in more offensive players and changed the system. How we were able to turn this game again and to win in the 96th minute is outstanding. We are capable to have such a win because we have such an extraordinary group.”
Norwich were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute after the ball struck the arm of Shaun Hutchinson in the box, however Teemu Pukki was unable to beat the Millwall keeper.
Farke said: “It’s always important when you have momentum in your game that you use your chances and if we would have gone in the lead at this point the game would have been much easier for us and I got the feeling it could have been an easy win, 3-1 maybe 4-1. We missed the penalty but we were fighting against all odds and this is the attitude winning teams have and that’s what we showed today so I am really proud.
“After conceding those two goals [in the second-half] we had to change something and to give the team some belief, so we changed our system to three, five, two and all compliments go to my lads because you can have an idea as a head coach but it’s up to the players to fulfil this on the pitch.
"And the way we scored our goals was not coincidence or luck, they were unbelievable goals with a world-class pass from Emi Buendia and ice-cold finish of Jordan Rhodes and then a pass full of class from Mario Vrancic and a finish of big will from Teemu Pukki. It’s outstanding to have this character in my team and I think everyone at Carrow Road can be very proud and happy.”
The atmosphere at Carrow Road was electric as the final whistle came, and even Farke joined in with the celebrations.
“Someone told me I was lying on the pitch so I’m not sure who tackled me or if it was a dive I will have to check it again, hopefully no one has the scene on their camera,” he said.
“But this is why we love this sport so much because it is full of emotion and we are always there pretty cool and analysing, but you have this moment perhaps one time in a year and it’s important that you celebrate and enjoy yourself because otherwise if you are not able to lift your emotion in this moment then you have to ask yourself ‘why am I doing all this work?’ It’s important to feel emotions and it was a big moment for all of us.
“We have to wait two weeks to be on the pitch again and the unity and atmosphere that we have at the moment at Carrow Road is outstanding. You can feel the spirit and the unity between the team and the fans and this helped us a lot, even in this game because otherwise you can’t come back so often. A big part of our success today was down to our supporters.”