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Daniel Farke: I can't praise enough the character and attitude of the lads

19 September 2018

Daniel Farke praised the togetherness and commitment of his City side as they picked up their first away league win at Reading.

Norwich won 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night – the team’s second win in five days following on from their victory over Middlesbrough at Carrow Road on Saturday.

And Farke said he was delighted with his team’s performance.

“We are really happy, especially when you look at who we were playing,” he said. “We had Middlesbrough at home who are on fire and then Reading after a good away win at Preston so they were desperate to win this home game but for us to be there with six points makes me really happy.

“We had to handle some bad news in terms of injuries and had some important players out in terms of leadership, but to be there with this togetherness and commitment and to have this brilliant away win is outstanding. I can’t praise enough the character and attitude of the lads.”

City went into the second half in front after a 14th minute goal from Teemu Pukki. And an important second goal came from substitute Mario Vrancic just a minute after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored for Reading.

“Mario was crucial in the end of last season but he has been out since April and he had his first appearance on the pitch in the last home game for just 15 minutes,” said Farke. “It is a sign of quality when without any pre-season games and being out for nearly five months you can be there with such a performance and a goal in such an important game and an important period of the game. It was a well-deserved day for him because he worked so hard when he was injured.”

Farke also praised the performance of the younger members of his team.

He said: “We started today on the wings on the left side with Jamal Lewis, aged 20, Todd Cantwell, 20, and on the other side with Max Aarons, 18, and Emi Buendia, 21, so I think in the whole of Western Europe there is probably not a team with such young wingers on the pitch and it is a day where the Club and the Academy can be proud of this development.

“I think we played some really good stuff in the first 25 minutes, we were dominating the game and deserved to be in the lead. Then we weren’t as brave in our movements, but it was totally deserved that we were in the lead at half time as our defending was brilliant. In the first half of the second half Reading put lots of pressure on us. I got the feeling we were able to transport it but then came the deflected header and we were unlucky to concede the goal. But we had a brilliant reaction and I think when we judge our chances it was a deserved win.”

City travel to Loftus Road on Saturday for their next Sky Bet Championship game against Queens Park Rangers.

Farke said: “A third away game within six days is a bit strange but we will always be there with an unbelievable attitude and we have to thank the support of our fans who were again great today.”

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