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Daniel Farke: We are in a good mood ahead of Reading

9 April 2019

Daniel Farke said his Norwich City side are in a good mood ahead of Wednesday night’s fixture against Reading after cruising to their eighth win in a row on Saturday.

The boss believes it will be a tougher test than Saturday’s 4-0 win against QPR and wants his players to be mentally strong.

“We had our last session before the game today, the sun is shining and we’re in a good mood,” said Farke at his pre-match press conference.

"It will be important that we are mentally strong because it might be like the Swansea game, where the opponent was also able to dominate the ball, but we need to accept this and go further on, it will be crucial to go into the game with this attitude.

“Since I have arrived we have worked on their attitude for them to not be too self-confident or too arrogant so they can focus on each and every task. We are so mature at the moment that I don’t have any concerns.

“We have to make sure that we are focused because in terms of how we have to press Reading it will be much more complicated than against QPR, because in possession Reading are a much better side and it so it won’t be easy.”

The Canaries will have to make do without Argentinian midfielder Emi Buendia, who is set to sit out on the first of his three match ban after getting sent off at the weekend.

“Emi is a key player for us and he was and is in a brilliant shape and he was able to add some end product. Also for the balance in our team he was pretty important for us, with a player of this quality that is not available it’s of course a big blow.

“Several players were labelled during the season as irreplaceable and without them, we can’t go further on - but we showed them that we are always able to find a solution.”

The City boss received some welcome praise from fellow Championship managers including Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.

“Chris [Wilder] was pretty complimentary through the whole season to us and I think his deep believing is that he thinks we have playing outstanding and the consistency is the proof of that we have been outstanding.

“It’s always good that other managers are praising you, so we take this and are happy for this but we are not getting carried away.

“We have to go on concentrated, it’s nice to hear some comments about your side, but it doesn’t help you in the game tomorrow or in the following weeks so we have to make sure we are switched on and focused.”

Farke has backed the ‘Sing up the River End’ campaign, and wants there to be four yellow walls at Carrow Road.

“My feeling was that especially in the last two games the atmosphere was great with unbelievable unity within the club, in the City and the whole community. It’s important to have this atmosphere because it always gives us a lift, especially the young players.

“This will be important for the Reading game because it’s important that we try and support the team, it could be that there is a setback in the game and we concede a goal. It’s important that we stick together, and I think that this campaign ‘Sing Up the River end’ is brilliant, it’s exactly what we need, and we don’t just need one yellow wall we need four yellow walls.”

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