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Daniel Farke: We controlled the game in the perfect way

16 February 2019

Daniel Farke said his City side controlled the game in the perfect way as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

It was the second away match of the week for Norwich, and Farke was delighted with the way his team bounced back from their defeat to Preston on Wednesday.

He said: “It was the third game within six days for us and we had one day less [than Bolton] to recover. So to be there with this performance, this result and a clean sheet, I just can’t praise the lads enough.

“It’s not an easy place to go because it’s a very experienced side and they know what is necessary in order to fight against relegation. They have so many physical threats and it was important to start the game on the front foot and to dominate the game with possession.

“I think we controlled the game in the perfect way and there were also some nice pieces of football, especially before the goals.

“Everyone knows that these are complicated games but to be able to win this game so comfortably, especially after we had a set-back at Preston, is good for the confidence, it’s good for the mood and we are all very happy.”

Norwich were 3-0 up at half time and after a second Teemu Pukki goal in the 56th minute, the Canaries missed the chance to bag their fifth as Kenny McLean saw his penalty strike saved.

Farke said: “The only thing I can criticise today is that we could have been more brutal in finishing our chances, especially again missing a penalty, so my feeling was it would have been easy to score even more goals. But the most important thing was to travel back with a clean sheet because it’s always important that you are solid in defending and really focussed and concentrated.

“It was important to put them as far away as possible from our goal but you can’t avoid all the long balls and in those moments you have to be switched on and we were. Sometimes we had to block a shot close to our box but it’s also important to dominate the possession to give them no chances to play with long balls. In general the balance in our game with the ball and also against the ball was very good and for that it was a well-deserved win.”

Pukki’s goals made it eight in the last six games for him and the City boss was full of praise for the workload of the Finnish striker.

“It was a sign today of why Teemu is so important,” Farke said. “Of course his goals were crucial but also how he works for the team in terms of pressing and how he assisted for the second goal was for me a world-class assist.

“I think all the goals were pretty nice pieces of football and for that it was a really nice afternoon for us."

The team have spent the week training and playing in the north-west, but are keen to return to Carrow Road next weekend.

"With this group we have so much fun and it’s a pleasure to be able to work with these lads each and every day," said Farke. "But we are all looking forward to returning back to Norwich also to calm the load down in the next few days. It’s important they have a day off to clear their heads a bit and then from Tuesday onwards we will concentrate on our next task.”

Farke once again praised the outstanding support of Norwich’s travelling fans and wished all the Canaries a safe journey back.

He said: “To have 1,500 fans with this long travel is outstanding and the atmosphere was great and the support was great. We are all happy that we are able to send them back with a win and I hope they enjoy it this weekend.”

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