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Daniel Farke: I am proud of the lads

2 September 2018

Daniel Farke said he is proud of his City side after they came from behind to continue their unbeaten run in the East Anglian derby.

Norwich City drew 1-1 with Ipswich Town in the first meeting of the season, with Moritz Leitner’s goal cancelling out Gwion Edwards’ deflected strike at the start of the second half.

And Farke said his team can be proud of their performance.

“We were pretty greedy today to have a win but you have to accept that you can’t win each and every away derby and to get a draw all in all was probably a fair result,” he said.

“I am proud of the lads today. They know they were the better side in the first half and we had the better chances with Alex Tettey twice and Teemu Pukki.”

Farke also praised the spirit of the team after suffering a couple of injury setbacks.

He said: “Timm Klose had to go out with concussion at half time so it was a bit hectic because we had to make a substitution and they used this period to put pressure on us and they got their deflected strike which went in.

“But I was pleased with our reaction and it was more than deserved that we got the equaliser because we had three or four really brilliant chances and I got the feeling we could turn the game around completely. But Louis Thompson also nearly had to go out and wasn’t able to run anymore, but it shows a lot about his character that he stayed on the pitch.”

The game saw Max Aarons, 18, make his first league appearance for the Club, and Farke praised his solid defending.

“You can see how much I appreciate his work and I believe in his value by bringing him in to perhaps the most difficult game of the season away at Ipswich,” he said.

“It shows how much I trust him and he didn’t disappoint me today. He was really solid in defending some really good offensive movements and anyone who doesn’t know him would not have realised it was his first game.

“This is another sign of our way and when I think about the character and attitude of some of our young lads - Jamal Lewis, Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Louis Thompson – they are all our academy products and I don’t think there is another club on this level who can integrate so many academy talents. I think we can all be pretty proud of it.

“I think today is a proud day for our whole club and also the Academy.”

Farke also praised the 2,000 travelling fans who cheered on the Canaries.

“I’m happy for our fans because they were brilliant again today and with so much support we are happy that we can send them back still unbeaten,” he said.

 


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