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Daniel Farke: It was a near-perfect performance

15 September 2018

Daniel Farke was full of praise for his Norwich City side after they put in "nearly a perfect performance" to beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at Carrow Road.

City controlled last periods of the match and managed to inflict Boro's first defeat of the season after Teemu Pukki's 58th minute strike.

Speaking post-match, the City Head Coach said: "We played against one of the favourites for promotion in Middlesbrough, they were unbeaten before today with five clean sheets in a row. 

"It's so difficult to play against them but for 70 minutes, it was nearly a perfect performance. We didn't give one chance away and we controlled the game, created a lot and all in all, it was a well-deserved win and a brilliant performance as well.

"Out of this game, we wanted to play our game. We can't compete with all the set-pieces, long balls and headers against Middlesbrough because when you see them walking on the pitch you think they would win each and every basketball game!

"We had to make out of this game our game and that was controlling the ball, moving quickly and dominating the game. That's what we did and for that, we totally deserved to win this game."

In the early part of the season, City have perhaps not always got the reward that their performances have merited but on Saturday, they certainly got both - a good display and three points - and that pleased Farke.

"I'm pretty sure that Middlesbrough won't lose many games during this season because they will be there with this defensive philosophy and strategy," he added.

"I'm pretty pleased that we were able to beat them and not able just to be there with a brilliant result but to be there with a well-deserved win.

"Our performance was pretty good and we were able to play with many young lads today on the pitch against such an experienced Championship side and we were able to reward ourselves with a clean sheet and a good win."

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