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Daniel Farke: It was a well-deserved point

14 December 2019

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke said his side were fully deserving of their point away to Leicester City on Saturday and could arguably have won all three.

“It’s a really good point,” he said. “Regarding the strength of the opponent, Leicester were in red-hot form and competing with Liverpool for the title with nine wins in a row. To have this performance and result, and to be close to winning the game, it’s difficult to compare but I think it was the best performance of the season for us.

“It was a well-deserved point and a great point. Although, I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t score the second goal and get all three points because we were pretty close. But it’s good for the mood, the confidence and for the table.”

One of the changes to the starting lineup ahead of the game was the replacement of Mario Vrancic with Tom Trybull, who was pivotal in the build-up to Norwich’s goal at the King Power Stadium.

“The thinking behind Trybull starting was to be really competitive in the duels in the centre,” Farke explained. “Tom was calm on the ball, played a nice pass to Emi and he made a world-class assist for Teemu. The timing of his run was top class and he was ice cold in a difficult atmosphere with a great finish. It was a fantastic team goal and a great watch.”

There have been question marks from certain sections of the media in recent weeks over whether Daniel Farke’s side were capable of putting two strong halves together across a 90-minute match, having played under par in the first half against Southampton and the second versus Sheffield United, so he was delighted to see them deliver a consistent performance on Saturday.

“We have conceded a few goals but since the last international break we haven’t allowed too many chances,” Farke added. “Today, we were top class and, looking at the first half, we were the better side. Leicester had more possession and tried to put pressure on us in the second half, but we didn’t allow too many chances, aside from crosses and set-pieces.

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“James Maddison is dangerous, so we had to invest a lot to defend those moments, but we had the better chances and great situations out of counters. We said at half-time that a draw is a good result here, but we had to stay greedy to the last second to win the game.

“My lads showed that attitude – from the first to the last second there was great togetherness and great fighting spirit. For that, we can all be proud of this performance.”

A couple of players didn’t manage to come through the game completely unscathed, but knocks to Ben Godfrey and Teemu Pukki don’t appear to be too serious.

“I was a bit concerned as there was a knock on Ben’s knee,” Farke said. “In the first minute, it was pretty painful but thank God he could go further on.

“We’re a bit fearful of Teemu’s situation because it seems like he’s fractured his toe in the first half. It was pretty painful for him in the second half and I’m sure that if he had had full fitness he would have converted one or two of the chances for the second goal, but it says a lot about the character of the team that he wants to go further on and to play even with pain. It says a lot about the fighting spirit of my team, so compliments for them.”

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One of Farke’s concerns post-Southampton a week and a half ago was that his side failed to continue to play their way, resorting instead to long balls in an effort to come back into the game. Despite Leicester’s equaliser, Norwich stuck to their approach against the Foxes.

“Sticking to our philosophy was the most impressive thing we did today because we knew Leicester had nine wins in a row and score goals for fun,” Farke said. “Sometimes, they punish opponents at home, but although they tried to press us, we were brave to bypass them and stay in possession.

“We were able to bring our game into their half and dominate several periods and create many chances. Even after they equalised, which was a bit lucky, we kept going.”

Norwich City fans were in full voice after the full-time whistle had been blown, understandably satisfied to see their team get an away point against the team second in the league.

“It was outstanding support,” Farke said. “It’s a commitment for us to celebrate with them with our wave after a win, but I felt today that the performance was unbelievable and the support of the fans was outstanding, so they deserved for me to celebrate with them.

“We definitely need them in the next game against Wolves. We need that atmosphere. It was a big boost for the lads with thousands behind them to push them in difficult situations. We need that in home games so I’m looking forward to having a buzzing Carrow Road against Wolves because it’s another important game for us.”


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