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Daniel Farke: Our performance was brilliant and the win was well-deserved

20 October 2018

Daniel Farke praised the brilliant performance of his City side after coming from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 2-1.

Two second-half goals from Timm Klose secured three points for the Canaries after going behind in the fifth minute to a Lewis Grabban goal.

And the City boss said it was a well-deserved win for his team.

“We wanted to start strong after international break and to be back in shape and in our rhythm, and to win some points and we were able to do this today,” Farke said.

“It is a tough place because they are one of the favourites for promotion, but I think our performance was brilliant and I think the win was well-deserved.”

Norwich took a while to get settled into the game, but Farke said his team did well to turn the game around and dominate possion for the rest of the game.  

“We had a poor start, it was what I expected to be honest in the first game after the international break, and in addition to that we had to have several changes from our successful starting eleven in the recent weeks," Farke said. "I thought before the game it could affect our rhythm and it was exactly like this in the first 15 minutes.

“Nottingham was on the front foot, they went in the lead and had another strike off the crossbar, but I was unbelievably pleased with our reaction and after we dominated the last 75 minutes of the game.

“Big compliments to the lads because on this level to turn a game around, especially for such a young side not to get nervous after a poor start, and to be there with this performance is not normal it’s outstanding, so big compliments to the players.”

Farke praised the attacking efforts of his squad, with plenty of close chances throughout the game.

He said: “Even in the first half we had several chances and we said at half time that normally in an away game to have so many chances in the first half must be enough to score.

“Our strikers are delivering at the moment, we’ve got Teemu Pukki, Jordan Rhodes whenever he plays and also Dennis Srbeny, and we also need some goals from defensive players and I was pleased that Timm was able to score and this is his third goal already this season.

“It is so important that you are dangerous out of set pieces and able to score out of set pieces and in general I am pleased with the performance, with the goals and the result.”

Onel Hernandez made his first league start following a hernia operation a few weeks ago, but had to be taken off in the 76th minute after suffering a knock.

Farke said: “I don’t think it is too bad. It was his first game in several weeks and we got the feeling it might be a bit tricky for him to play 90 minutes. He invested a lot today and was pretty tired and then he got hit in the stomach and felt really bad in this moment, but it's nothing too serious.”

And with almost 2,000 fans making the journey to cheer on the Canaries, Farke said their support is crucial to pushing the team to success.

“We play football for the fans and that’s the most important thing and when you have such support even in the away games and with a long travel for them, they are there like a big wall behind the lads, a big yellow and green wall,” Farke said.

“And even when we conceded the goal they were there and tried to push us and support us and it helps so much. I am totally pleased that we were able to present them such a performance and in the end such a well-deserved win and I think they are all flying home today.”

City now face Aston Villa at home on Tuesday night, with a second game at Carrow Road on Saturday against Brentford.

“It’s always important that you have a good start after international break to be there immediately with self-confidence and a good rhythm, but we know that two difficult tasks are awaiting us,” said Farke.

“Aston Villa are a massive club and got a win today so the mood will be lifted at Aston Villa and they are aiming for promotion. And Brentford is a good side, so it will be two difficult tasks.

"But one thing is for sure when we are there with these performances and we have again this unity with our fans and this support and outstanding atmosphere, then we are capable to be there with good performances and win some points and that’s what we want to do.”

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