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Daniel Farke: We know we have to fight for each and every point

28 September 2018

Daniel Farke said his City side have got their feet firmly on the ground but will go into Saturday’s home game with confidence after four wins on the spin.

The Canaries take on Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road with kick-off at 3pm, and Farke said they will be looking to continue their good run with a win in front of the home fans.

“I think it's important that when you are on such a run that you feel this joy and are really happy and in a good mood otherwise you will lose some of your motivation,” he said. “It’s hard work in training and keeping concentration on why you want to win a game, so it is important that you feel the joy when you are successful.

“It’s a good feeling but we know how close all the games are and how difficult each and every victory was and we have got both feet on the ground. They are experienced lads and even the young lads know how close the Championship is and that you have to fight for each and every point in each and every game.

“Although we were there with really good performances in the last games, the result was close and it was always just a win with one goal. There was not an easy win and we still had to fight to the last second in each game and even in the cup game. So we are all aware that we always have to be there with 100% performance in order to win points in this league.”

Farke said Wigan will also be travelling with confidence after a good start to the season, and said the support of the home fans will play an important role in their success.  

He said: “Wigan had a really decent start to the season so they are in the play-off position right now and I think they are in good shape and in a good mood. We know we have to fight for each and every point and in the last league games we played with an average age on the wings of 19 and I think no other club in the whole of Western Europe plays with such a young group of players in competitive games.

“It is important to have the support and the unity of our fans and they were brilliant at the last home game and also in the away games. We've got a group of players on the pitch who work together, show big commitment and are really desperate to play for this Club and when you show this character, this work-load and this attitude then the fans accept there are sometimes mistakes. And when you play with so many young lads they build a unit and it is important that we have this togetherness and atmosphere because then we are able to win points in each and every game.”

Farke said he was pleased with with how well his team were able to dominate the last few games.

“We have been controlling the games and in a difficult game at home game against Middlesbrough where we were totally dominating this side and we didn’t allow Middlesbrough with all their tall lads to join us in our half," he said. "They had to defend in their own half and that was important. And it was the same at QPR, we were dominating possession in their half and we put lots of pressure on them.

"In the last games in midfield we were dominating the games and it is always crucial that you dominate the centre of the game and it will also be an important topic for tomorrow because Wigan have some really quality players in this area of the pitch. We want to be on the front foot again.”

His final words of praise were for Emi Buendia, who got three assists in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game at Wycombe. And Farke said there is still more to come.

"It is quite normal when you join the Championship from a different country that you have to adapt a bit to the physical side of the Championship, but I think he handled it well from the start," he said. "It was difficult because he had no pre-season and no friendly games so from game to game we have given him more and more minutes.

"I was a bit tempted to give him a rest in the cup game but when you have such a young guy for him it is more important to have self-confidence instead of feeling fresh, especially when you are a player who is able to do something magic and creative. So we thought it was important he had a good game with some assists and he got three assists which was outstanding.

"He can still improve and even though he was there with three assists he gave away the ball one or two times so he has to work on it. But if you don’t allow the young lads to make some mistakes then you can’t improve them and I get the feeling his progress is really quick and we are happy with this development.”

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