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Daniel Farke: A brilliant result and performance

17 August 2019

Daniel Farke was pleased that City are up and running after picking up three points in a dominant 3-1 win over Newcastle United.

In front of a noisy crowd for the first home game of the season, the Canaries played some excellent football and could have won by a bigger margin.

“It’s important you have a good start in the Premier League so I was really pleased with not only the result but also the performance,” Farke told Canaries TV post-match. “We were great today in all topics and it’s a brilliant afternoon for the whole Club.

“It’s important to get those points for the mood and confidence. You didn’t want to be under pressure to win games or close gaps, so it’s a big thing mentally to win so early in the season.”

Norwich started on the front foot and rarely dropped a gear, and could have found themselves further ahead than a one-goal advantage at half-time.

“My feeling was that we were even better in the first half. We were like a thunderstorm, with only one team in it. We created many lightnings but only had one lightning strike, when we could have had many more and I would have preferred to have had two or three goals. But in the second half we were really clinical and we controlled the game. It was an all-round performance from my lads.”

While City’s front men – and in particular hattrick hero Teemu Pukki – will take the plaudits, Farke was also delighted with the performance of the back four. Jonjo Shelvey scored an injury time consolation goal, but other than a Joelinton chance in the first half City snuffed out the Magpies’ attacking threat.

“As a manager you always want a clean sheet, and I felt our defence deserved a clean sheet but we’d made a few changes at that stage which affected our rhythm. There was a bit of pressure on us because we scored conceded four goals at Liverpool but today they were terrific, so big, big compliments to our back line. Not only was I pleased with our offensive performance I thought we were brilliant in our defensive performance too.”

Pukki became the first City player to score a hattrick in the Premier League since Efan Ekoku in 1994, but Farke was delighted with his allround performance.

“They were really brilliant finishes from Teemu. His workload was brilliant, and I remember him gaining possession back close to our own 18-yard box and this is exactly the mentality and spirit we need.

“It’s not about individual statistics and how many goals he scores, it’s all about the team and for that he is so important for us so it was a brilliant performance from him.”

Carrow Road was noisy from start to finish, with the faithful in great voice. It didn’t go unnoticed in the City dugout: “The atmosphere was unbelievable,” Fark says. “Carrow Road was really rocking and there was a buzz around Carrow Road. It’s a great place to be, in our living room.

“If we can keep this spirit throughout the season then we are capable of creating many surprises throughout the season – and we need to do that because we are the underdog in each and every game. If we have that spirit then we can reach something excellent, so a big compliment to our supporters.”


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