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Daniel Farke: We are happy to send our fans home with a win

24 November 2018

Daniel Farke said he is pleased to have so many players creating threats and scoring goals as his team fought to claim their sixth win in a row.

City beat Swansea 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium in their first game back after the international break, and Farke said he was delighted to see his team continuing their winning momentum.

The Head Coach said: “It’s always tricky after a break and several lads were away with their national teams, so to be there in the first game with a really good performance and result is always a bit tricky. But we were able to do this today, it was a great performance and we are all happy.

“We were able to score four goals against a side who have only conceded 13 goals so far this season. I was not very pleased with the first 15 minutes in the first half and also the first 15 minutes in the second half as I think we started a bit slow, but we fought into the game and in the end it was a well-deserved win. I am full of compliments for the lads.

“We also got the feeling we could have even scored a few more goals and missed several chances, but it’s always good to score many goals and it’s good for the self-confidence. It’s also good that several players are able to score – it’s important that Marco Stiepermann was there with a goal and that Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki added more goals. It’s quite important that we have several players who are capable of scoring goals and we have many threats at the moment.”

Swansea clawed back a goal at the end of the first half and came out fighting after the break to get back into the game. But Farke praised the determination of his defenders to keep them away from the goal.

He said: “We knew in the moment when they scored a goal that it would be possible for them to turn the game and come out again pretty motivated. 

“They put a lot of pressure on us, especially in the first 15 minutes of the second half. It was important that we stuck together, and our defensive behaviour was brilliant.

"We spoke about how we had to be clinical in our counter actions and go for the fourth goal in order to finish the game. And thank god we were able to score the fourth goal and with this goal I would say the game was done, but it was a hard fight to win the game.”

Around 800 Canary fans made the long trip to South Wales for the game, and Farke was delighted to be able to join in the celebration with them once again.

“It’s crazy that we had so many supporters there with such a long way to travel and we are unbelievably thankful,” said Farke. “We are totally happy that we are able to send them home with a win and this brilliant performance and because of this result and our situation at the moment I think they can fly home.”

Norwich will now turn their attention to Tuesday’s away trip to Hull where Farke said they face another tough test.

“It’s always good for the self-confidence and the mood to have a win and it always helps especially in this busy period when you are successful,” he said. “Of course, it helps a bit with the recovery after such a tough test, but it will be another tough game on Tuesday.

“We know that with each and every successful game, another opponent will be greedy to be successful against us and will want to be the first team to beat us or to take the points against us. We know that Hull will be a tough test for us and we have to recover pretty quickly and be smart in our load in training but we are looking forward to going again.”

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