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Daniel Farke: Our spirit and will to fight it outstanding

19 April 2019

Daniel Farke said he had no words to describe the unbelievable fight and determination his side displayed as they rescued a crucial point in stoppage time.

City took the lead 20 minutes in but Marco Stiepermann’s goal was cancelled out ahead of the break with an unstoppable strike from Fernando Forestieri.

Sheffield Wednesday scored a second with just over half an hour still to play, and Norwich waited until the final moment to bring it back level with a Mario Vrancic free-kick in the 97th minute.

Farke said: “I have no words for these lads because their spirit and their will to fight against all the odds is outstanding. There were so many things against us today so I just can’t praise the lads enough.

“With this attitude, this mentality, spirit and togetherness you can reach some extraordinary things. We get the feeling at the moment that someone doesn’t want us to be in this position, but we go further on and we fight against all setbacks and all decisions. It was a brilliant point under these circumstances.

“We never know when we have lost a game. It felt like all crucial decisions went against us and when you have to handle this situation it’s really difficult not to be killed in the head, but again these lads are outstanding and it’s great to be allowed to work with them.”

The Canaries had 20 shots on goal and enjoyed the larger share of possession, and the City boss said he was pleased with the performance of his team.

“We played a really good first half, created many chances and scored a brilliant goal,” said the Head Coach. “We had a two against one situation with Onel Hernandez and Teemu Pukki on the goalkeeper which should have been a red card the another penalty situation and many chances. Then they had this one strike out of 40-yards in the top corner and you can’t avoid everything.

“In the second half we tried to put the pressure on and out of one counter situation Sheffield scored a goal. At first my feeling was it was offside and then after that a clear hand-ball goal.

"After this we tried everything and put all the offensive players in and took so much risk. We stayed focused and wanted to create something further on and we still had the belief we could score and thank god Mario had that magic moment in the end.

“He was crucial in the build-up to the free-kick and then Mario has this quality and it’s always on the training pitch. It’s not only quality but it’s also hard work and always after sessions he is out and trains for this moment and it was brilliant. We were able again to break all the rules."

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