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Daniel Farke: It's another win and another great performance

23 October 2018

Daniel Farke said his City side deserved to take all three points after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1.

Jordan Rhodes scored twice in the second half after an unfortunate deflection off the shoulder of Tom Trybull from a James Chester header put Villa in the lead after 19 minutes.

And Farke was once again full of praise for his team who fought until the end to hold onto three points.

He said: “It’s another win, another great performance and a well-deserved win and within three and a half days it was the second game where we were able to turn the game after being back.

“We were a bit unlucky being behind but if you are able to turn two times against such quality sides like Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa it’s a sign of the unbelievable attitude and togetherness of the team.

“Even at half time we were there with a really good performance, I think our pressing was good, we controlled the game and we dominated the game. There were a few situations where we could have made even more out of it and out of one situation they had a counter and out of this there was a corner and they were able to score.

“But you have to stay cool and keep the nerves and we did and played further on in our style, so I think over 90 minutes it was a really good performance.”

The City defence weathered several dangerous spells from Villa, including a Tammy Abraham strike which was deflected onto the post. But Farke said his team had everything under control.

“We don’t have to speak about the quality of Abraham or Grealish, they are outstanding players on this level and it’s a massive club," Farke said. "And Dean Smith is an experienced and high-quality coach so we knew that this team can always cause problems for the opponent. But I got the feeling that over 90 minutes we had everything under control and were always the better side during nearly each and every spell.

“In the last minutes it’s quite normal that there is a bit of pressure when the other team tries to be there with a late equaliser, but I think it was a well-deserved win and we are happy.”

The City boss was also full of praise for the performance of Rhodes, who he said deserved to hit the back of the net.

“I’m happy for Jordan because even when he was on the bench and had to wait a bit he was always there with such commitment and togetherness with the lads and unbelievably supportive. So no one deserves it more than Jordan to be there with two goals.”

The Canary crowd once again sang loud and proud throughout the game, and Farke said there is no better feeling than to have their support behind them.

He said: “To be one unit here at Carrow Road, I can’t imagine anything that would feel better. It’s nice to play in our living room and be there with this level of performances and to get this response.

"It's great if we are successful like we were today but also through difficult periods, we stick together and we have a brilliant atmosphere. And it is always a great honour to be able to play in front of our fans.”

The win was tinged with worry after Louis Thompson had to be substituted just moments after coming on following a fall on his shoulder.

Farke said: “He was in a lot of pain, it seems it is a dislocated shoulder. This guy has had unbelievable bad luck in the recent years. He was out for nearly two years with a big injury and today he came in and nearly in his first situation he fell on his shoulder because he wanted to help and he wanted to press. We are sad for him and our fingers are crossed that it is not too bad, but we have to wait to hear what the doctor says.”

City go again on Saturday at home against Brentford, and Farke said his team will be ready for the task ahead.

“A win is always good for the self-confidence and for believing in what you are doing and always good for the mood. So we can play the game full of self-confidence and hopefully again with a great atmosphere at Carrow Road.

"But it will again be a difficult task because Brentford is a good side. They had to accept the situation when Dean Smith left the club, but I think nothing will change in their quality of performance and we know it will be a tough game and we will have to be our best to be able to fight for points again.


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