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Daniel Farke: Fans played a big part in helping us turn the game

14 April 2019

Daniel Farke said he was pleased to take a point from City’s game at Wigan and praised his side for staying calm to pull back a goal.

Norwich went 1-0 down at the end of the first half after Reece James netted a spot kick, and despite being back for the majority of the game City once again got a late goal to continue their unbeaten run.

Speaking to after the game, the City Head Coach said: “It was a good point without any doubt. Wigan are really a threat at home, I think they just lost four games at home and they are really difficult to play especially when they are in the lead.

“Because of a really harsh decision in the first half we were back and I was pleased how we handled the situation and kept our nerves and were able to equalise. We were of course then greedy to win the game, but it was a good point and I’m pleased.”

The penalty was awarded after a Samy Morsy effort hit Ben Godfrey’s arm in the box, with Reece’s low strike from the spot beyond Tim Krul’s reach.

Farke said: “My feeling is at the moment it’s a difficult period for us in terms of referee decisions, but I won’t complain too much because we can’t influence it and we have to handle it. My lads handled it in a really good way because in the second half we put so much pressure on them and took so much risk.

“We changed our base formation and brought all our offensive players in and were able then to equalise and in the end I think we were pretty close also to winning the game.

“It’s hard to handle these emotions but we did again and big compliments to my lads.”

Farke made a triple substitution with 20 minutes to go, bringing Jordan Rhodes, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner onto the pitch in search of an equaliser.

He said: “In the last minutes before the substitution the momentum slipped a bit away and I wanted not only to change the base formation but change it in personal terms. To bring our goal threat with Jordan Rhodes and Mario Vrancic and also the ability of Moritz Leitner to control the game into our line-up and they played a crucial role.

“There were also many scenes in the opponent’s box in the last 10 minutes and also in the last moment a really good chance for Marco Stiepermann. But it’s important that you also don’t lose the nerves because this one point is worth a lot and we had to also protect our own goal.”

Norwich’s yellow army filled a whole stand at the DW Stadium for today’s game, and Farke said the team could feel the presence of the 5,300 fans on the pitch.

“They are amazing, fantastic and world-class and there was outstanding support today, especially because it was a difficult game and there were some periods where we were struggling a bit and even in this period we had this unity and togetherness and they played a big part in order to turn this game," he said. 

“We are happy we are able to send them back with at least one point, okay three points would have been even more enjoyable but in general we are in a brilliant position and it’s a good point and I hope they have a safe journey back.”

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