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Daniel Farke: Speeding up our game in the second-half was crucial

3 November 2018

Daniel Farke said his Norwich City side's change of gear in the second-half was the biggest factor behind their 4-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The score was goalless at half-time after a tight first-half which saw chances for both teams, including City having a penalty from Mario Vrancic saved by Cameron Dawson.

However, Farke's team emerged as a different animal in the second 45 and scored four unanswered goals - two from Teemu Pukki and one each from Emi Buendia and substitute Dennis Srbeny.

Speaking post-match, the City boss said: "It was a well-deserved win. We sped up our game, especially in the second-half. We were the better side in the first-half but I got the feeling we could play even better.

"We spoke at half-time about wanting to work with more movements and being a bit more brave with our pressing in order to win the game.

"We made it clear in the second-half that we were much the better side and in the end, it was a well-deserved win.

"It's a tough place to come. Sheffield [Wednesday] were a bit under pressure and it was clear that they brought all of their experienced players in. 

"It's not an easy place to be there with a good performance and win. We had a good first-half I think and missed several chances, the biggest chance with the penalty.

"For me it was important that we were not too annoyed at half-time. We spoke about the situations where we could improve our game, to be there with more movement and running in-behind. We got the feeling if we played further on, like we did in the first-half, we could win this game.

"It's not a given but if it was possible for us to speed up our game, then we would able to play on a different level in comparison to them and that's what we did in the second-half."

The missed penalty which came in the opening ten minutes didn't derail City's charge to victory and the character the team showed impressed Farke.

"When you miss a third penalty in such an important game, everyone knows it can sometimes kill you in the head," he added.

"It's important that you react mentally strong and don't lose your nerves after missing a penalty.

"We stuck to our plan and went further on and stayed disciplined, concentrated and focused. Speeding up our game in the second-half was crucial. Big compliments for the lads." 


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