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Daniel Farke: It was a really entertaining performance

6 April 2019

Daniel Farke said his side had everything under control as they scored four goals and kept a clean sheet against Queens Park Rangers.

Norwich went into the break 3-0 up but had to change their tactics in the second half after Emi Buendia was shown a straight red with 20 minutes to go.

But the City boss said he was pleased with the reaction and determination of his squad to go searching for another goal.

“It was a really entertaining performance and a fantastic effort from the lads,” Farke said.

“I’m a happy with the performance and of course the result. Four goals and to finish the game with a clean sheet was also important and it’s a happy day for us.

“In the first half we created so many chances and scored three times. We can’t use each and every chance, but my feeling was we should have at least added three or four more goals.

“In the second half we controlled the game in the beginning at bit more and created chances and then it was of course a bit difficult in the last 20 minutes, but even then we had everything under control and were able to score one more goal.

“We had to switch our formation a bit and our tactical behaviour, but it was still important to try to create some chances and one of them Teemu finished in a brilliant way and it was a brilliant goal.

“I was happy that we were able, even in this situation, to score a fourth goal and to be honest it was also a good lesson for us on how we should go further on when there is a red card. We are a pretty disciplined side and it’s always good sometimes that you learn out of such a situation how to behave.”

Buendia was sent off for a foul on Josh Scowen in the QPR half, but Farke said the tackle initially looked more dangerous than it was.

“I work with a pretty young side which is full of energy and sometimes a bit naïve,” he said. “In this scene Emi was of course was a bit naïve but it’s also a sign of his character. He was brilliant today and scored a goal and got an assist.

“Max lost the ball and Emi wanted to repair the mistake of his teammate and win the ball back. There was no bad intention at all because he comes from the front and wants to win the ball. The scene looks a bit more dangerous than it was because he came with so much speed.

“My feeling was there were so many fouls in this game and tackles from behind and they were not punished with a red card – just with a yellow card or a free kick. For me it was a strict decision, but I won’t complain because it was a bit naïve of him and out of these mistakes you have to learn.

“I don’t want to complain too much because it’s a sign of his character and that he is willing to always win the ball back and he will learn out of this.”

Farke was also full of praise for Teemu Pukki who scored a brace after a couple of weeks without a goal.

He said: “I was never concerned because he was always delivering with good performances, unbelievable workload and also assists. Even today I can remember a few scenes when he sprinted 80 yards back to win the ball back in the right full-back position, so he is absolutely a team player not so much interested in his individual record."

The final word of praise from the City Boss went to the fans, who once again cheered the boys over the line.

“This spirit and atmosphere is important for us and we all want to celebrate perhaps an even bigger party at the end of the season and for that we have to keep going on with supporting the team and being there for each other," Farke said. 

"Our fans were amazing today, there was a brilliant atmosphere and it’s always a great pleasure to play in front of today our four yellow walls."

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