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Daniel Farke: It has been a brilliant week

27 October 2018

Daniel Farke said it has been a brilliant week for his City side with three wins out of three in the last seven days.

A first-half goal from Emi Buendia gave the Canaries the win against Brentford at Carrow Road, and Farke said he was pleased with his team’s performance on the pitch.

“It has been a brilliant week with nine points within seven days after the international break, so I am really pleased,” he said.

“I made it clear before the game that for us it was our toughest test in recent weeks and we had a really good first half, we dominated and went in the lead. The problem was that we missed several chances, the biggest chance was Jordan Rhodes close to the half-time whistle and normally we should be 2-0 or 3-0 up at half-time.

“Brentford is a good side and they struggled but then in the second half they were sometimes able to dominate the ball and, in my opinion, we chose a bit too often to go for the counter attack. Brentford had a couple of chances and one golden chance, but all in all it was a well-deserved win and a good performance, but we had to fight until the end.

“It’s very important to be solid in your defending behaviour and to be there with a clean sheet is really good. They are normally a really good offensive side and they were there with more than 20 goals in this league and big threats in the offence and I thought we had pretty much everything under control apart from that one chance.”

Buendia’s goal was his first for the Club, and Farke said he was delighted for the City midfielder.

“It’s always good for the self-confidence and I think it was well deserved because he had a really good game and in the recent games he was there with several assists,” Farke said. “But it is also important that he is able to add a goal and especially in this situation because it’s a topic we speak about a lot that we need more running in behind. And in this situation Emi realised there was no pressure on the ball and Timm was able to play a chip ball and with good movement it was a world-class one-touch finish and I’m happy for him.”

City had the chance to go 2-0 up just moments before the first-half came to a close after the referee awarded a penalty, but Rhodes’ low strike from the spot was saved by the Brentford keeper.

Farke said: “Of course it’s frustrating because you know when you go 2-0 up at half-time then the game is done. There was one time during the season when we missed a penalty in a quite similar situation and we lost the game in the end. It’s always crucial and I always speak about how small situations are determining for the game and this is not even a small situation it’s a pretty, pretty important one.

“But I was pleased that we were able to transport this 1-0 lead and with a clean sheet we won the game in the end."

Farke was once again full of praise for the fans, who created a great atmosphere at Carrow Road.

“Sometimes when we play unbelievable stuff it is nice for the fans to be entertained and give the response back," he said. "The togetherness and unity at the moment is brilliant and I hope it can go on.”

Next up for Norwich is an away trip to Bournemouth in the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Farke said: “We are in the last 16 in this cup so we are not too far away from reaching something really extraordinary. We have had a really decent cup run and several good games, and it is no coincidence that we are already in this round. I would have preferred a draw at home in front of our fans, but it’s like this with a long travel and we are looking forward to the game.

"It will be the fourth game within 10 days so I think we need some fresh legs on the pitch, but we will have a strong starting line-up. We know we are not the favourites in the game and Bournemouth has had a brilliant start in the Premier League so far, but we will give our best and try to get the best result we can get.”

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