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Daniel Farke: We are respectful of West Ham but not fearful

30 August 2019

Daniel Farke says Norwich City are "full of respect" for West Ham United ahead of their trip to London Stadium on Saturday but he's urged his team to continue their fearless approach.

The Canaries are aiming to end their run of fixtures before the first international break of the season on a positive note by picking up some points in east London.

West Ham will be hoping to prevent City taking any points home with them and Farke says his team will be facing a "top class" side.

"West Ham had a tough start with such a scoreline against Manchester City. They didn't deserve the 5-0," he said at his pre-match press conference.

"West Ham are a top class side and have made some good choices in the transfer market. The transfer of Haller shows ambitions and we have to respect them.

"We know they are a high quality side but we are not scared. We have created chances against the big sides.

"Every point counts. You need to gain points home and away. I'm respectful against each and every side. 

"There will be more West Ham fans tomorrow but that doesn't matter. We had a great away record last season and hopefully we can pick up some points tomorrow."

Teemu Pukki will make his 50th appearance in a Norwich shirt if he features on Saturday and Farke praised his top scorer's character and attitude.

"Let's see if we'll bring him [Teemu] on the pitch tomorrow first," joked the City boss. "He's not carried away with one or two good performances. He always thinks about the club and his teammates.

"Finland have a game on Sunday evening and he want to come back to Monday afternoon! But he needs more time off! This says a lot about his character."

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