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100-up for Daniel Farke: A trip down memory lane

18 April 2019

Norwich City’s match against Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday will mark 100 games in charge for Head Coach Daniel Farke.

As he approaches the significant landmark, we have taken a look back at some of the key moments and turning points from his tenure.

Farke’s first game

Farke began his managerial career in England with a trip to Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side which would end the season achieving promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs. When you take that into consideration, the 1-1 draw was an admirable start to Farke’s reign.

Floyd Ayite’s deflected effort gave the Cottagers the lead in the first-half but Nelson Oliveira netted a late equaliser, coolly finishing a accurate lofted through-ball from Wes Hoolahan to help the Canaries to a point on the opening day of the 2017-18 season.

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First victory

Farke’s first win as Norwich City Head Coach came in a first-round Carabao Cup tie with League Two side Swindon Town at Carrow Road.

City suffered an early setback when Olly Lancashire’s free-kick found the net on 25 minutes. However, they instantly roared back and led 3-1 at the break after goals from Cameron Jerome, Hoolahan and a certain James Maddison, who netted his first goal of what was set to be a memorable season for the young playmaker.

Swindon’s Paul Mullin reduced the arrears on the hour mark, but City held on to make it through to Round Two and give Farke a first victory as City boss.

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First league victory

After a disappointing start at Carrow Road in the league with a 3-1 defeat to recently-relegated Sunderland, City bounced back and recorded their first Championship victory of the Farke regime on August 16, 2017.

QPR were the visitors on a warm summer's evening and City comfortably swept aside their opponents thanks to a sweet Oliveira finish and cracker from on-loan Harrison Reed.


Derby delight at first time of asking

After a humbling defeat in August at Millwall, Farke took the Canaries back to basics to try and ease their defensive worries. The shift in tactics saw City mount a seven-game unbeaten run in the league and they took it into the first East Anglian derby of the season at Portman Road on October 22, 2017.

In a game of few chances, it was Maddison who wrote his name into derby folklore with a curling strike on the hour mark which proved to be the difference. After the game, Farke described the victory as his “sweetest” to date.

And who could forget the jubilation of the second derby of the season in February – Timm Klose’s stoppage-time header denied Ipswich their first victory in the fixture in nine years and sparked utter chaos at Carrow Road in the process.


Cup fever

The 17-18 season didn’t end up being as successful as Farke probably would have hoped, but there’s no denying that City’s cup exploits provided reason for optimism heading into the next campaign.

In October, the Canaries went toe-to-toe with Arsenal in Carabao Cup Round Four and took a 9,000-strong army of supporters to the Emirates Stadium. Josh Murphy’s cute finish in the first-half had put City on the brink of a huge upset but a late double from Gunners’ youngster Eddie Nketiah, including one in extra-time, broke the hearts of Farke’s squad and the away support.

In the FA Cup, City more than held their own in the third-round home tie with Chelsea and they fully merited another go at their Premier League opponents in the subsequent replay.

Jamal Lewis netted his first senior goal with a sensational stoppage-time header to cancel out Michy Batshuayi’s opener, but Chelsea ended up prevailing on penalties at Stamford Bridge.

Both occasions saw thousands of Canaries descend on the capital and despite the negative outcome, the experiences showed the potential of the young City squad.


Wes Hoolahan’s farewell

City’s final home game of the 2017-18 season was all about one man. After 352 appearances for the Club, Wes Hoolahan called time on his City career, with his farewell match being the 2-1 victory over Leeds United in May.

The day couldn’t have gone any better for City’s Irish playmaker. He opened the scoring with a deflected effort in the first-half and provided an assist for Josh Murphy in the second to wrap up the victory.

After the match, Farke said Hoolahan would “leave a big hole” and described him as “a brilliant footballer.”


New season, fresh optimism

After a summer full of departures and arrivals, City began the new season with a number of eyecatching performances but results were not going their way.

That changed when high-flying Middlesbrough visited Carrow Road in September. Teemu Pukki, who had joined from Brondby on a free during the transfer window, netted the only goal of the game on the hour mark to kickstart City's season and bring to an end Boro’s unbeaten start.

It was the start of a five-game win streak for the Canaries and Farke’s men began to look up rather than down.

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Sheffield Wednesday rout

A 4-0 victory at Hillsborough in November was arguably the most impressive win of Farke’s tenure, the first time his side had won by a margin of more than two goals.

City even missed a penalty in the first-half, so the result could have been more emphatic. The victory saw them climb to the summit of the Championship for the first-time under Farke, but the City boss urged his players not to get carried away after the match.

Comebacks galore

Carrow Road has been treated to some remarkable late shows this season. Time and time again, City have found another gear late in matches.

At the tail end of 2018, Millwall, Bolton and Nottingham Forest were all overpowered in the closing stages of games at Carrow Road by Farke’s grafters.

First came the 4-3 victory over Millwall in November. City trailed 2-3 in stoppage-time after goals from Ryan Leonard and Jed Wallace had flipped the game on its head.

Remarkably, substitute Jordan Rhodes and Pukki managed to turn the game once more, sparking pandemonium inside Carrow Road.

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A month later, there was more late drama. Lowly Bolton produced a spirited display to fight back from two goals down in the second-half. But once again, Pukki came up trumps to meet a rising ball on the half-volley and thunder home a sensational strike with virtually the last kick of the game.

The late shows kept on coming and City fans were treated to a Christmas cracker when Forest visited on Boxing Day.

With Forest in the play-offs at the time, it was an important game in City’s bid for promotion. But it was all going horribly wrong midway through the second-half, with the visitors three goals to the good.

However, Farke’s team picked themselves up off the canvas and picked up a valuable point thanks to Mario Vrancic’s deflected strike and an injury-time double from Onel Hernandez.

Clash of the top two

Upon signing his new contract in March, Farke revealed that the 3-1 victory over Leeds United was one of the best moments from his reign and who could argue?

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The top two in the Championship met at a sold-out Elland Road, with both knowing a victory would put them in the driving seat for promotion to the Premier League.

City produced a performance of class and grit to down their title-chasing rivals and leapfrog them and Sheffield United to reach the top of the table once again.

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