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Daniel Farke: We have to be prepared for another battle

11 April 2019

Daniel Farke said his squad will be travelling to Wigan full of confidence as 5,000 Canary fans make the long journey to cheer them on.

Speaking at today’s press conference, the City boss said they had reflected on Wednesday night’s draw against Reading and know they are still in a brilliant position having gone nine games unbeaten.

Farke said: “To have 25 points out of a possible 27 points is outstanding and top class, I just can’t praise the lads enough.

“Our performance [against Reading] in general was really good. I wouldn’t say it was our best game but in many, many topics, it was really good. The commitment, desire, how we were able to stay disciplined although we were back for a big period of the game was outstanding and the ability to be able to turn the game with too late goals was great.

"Of course we were disappointed after the final whistle because when you concede an equaliser in the 97th minute of extra time it is disappointing. Normally the next day is even worse but when I woke up this morning I was in a much better mood because I watched the game back immediately after the match and in the whole context of the situation we are still in a brilliant position.”

City will play in the last Championship match of the weekend with a 12pm kick-off on Sunday at the DW Stadium.

Despite sitting just above the relegation zone, Wigan have a good home record and have conceded only 19 goals in 20 home games.

Farke said: “We realised yesterday how difficult it’s to play against a side who has nothing to lose against the league leaders and fighting with a knife between their teeth in order to get something out of the game.

“On Sunday we will face a side who is in a home game so the crowd will try to help them and they have a pretty decent home record and when you regard the quality of the players also a decent side.

"They were in a pretty good position more or less during 70% of the season and there was a bit of a dip in results in recent weeks and for that they slipped a bit away in the table but they proved there is lots of potential and I’m pretty sure they will be desperate to get something out of this game.

“We have to be prepared for another battle and another difficult task and to be really, really respectful especially in an away game at Wigan. No task is easy and we are looking forward to having the next challenge and we are travelling full of confidence.”

Twenty-five coaches will be leaving Carrow Road at 5am on Sunday morning and Farke said the support will help motivate his team even further.

“To have this unity and spirit and you felt it yesterday after the goals that it was more like an explosion at Carrow Road," Farke said. 

“We are playing with such a young side and to have this support and togetherness with our fans is pretty unique and special and also important for the mood and extra movivaiton of the players.

"We are looking forward to playing in this away game in front of a yellow wall and it’s amazing for such a long away trip and the early kick off, especially as they have to leave Norwich so early in the morning, so we are unbelievably thankful and proud."

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