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Daniel Farke: We have to be on our best level

15 February 2019

Speaking from City’s northern training camp, Norwich boss Daniel Farke said they have had time to reflect on Wednesday’s defeat to Preston and know they need to start against Bolton Wanderers with a higher intensity level.

The Canaries have stayed in Lancashire between the two fixtures to avoid additional travel having faced three matches in just six days – their next test being the Trotters on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Farke said: “My feeling was the spirit and mood in the group was pretty good. It was also important to calm down and judge it, not directly after the game, more after one day, to watch the game again in a pretty calmed down mood. 

“In general we spoke about how we always have to be switched on in every second of the game and we spoke about how important tomorrow it is to start on the front foot and with the highest performance and intensity level. 

“Otherwise in this league anything can happen and it’s a close league and we know Preston are in really good shape and so are Bolton. They won at Birmingham and we have to be prepared from the first second.”

Bolton currently sit in 23rd position in the Sky Bet Championship, three points off safety as the table stands. But the City boss fully expects them to be full of confidence after their midweek win against Garry Monk’s side. 

“I expect a game which will be pretty complicated and we will be really respectful,” said Farke. “Of course Bolton are fighting against relegation but they have such an experienced group of players, and one of the oldest and most experienced lads in the whole of the Championship.

“They are used to playing with each other and with Phil Parkinson for several years and my feeling is they know they have to fight against relegation, so they won’t get nervous. They showed this even in recent years – they know what they have to do to fight against relegation and they are capable of doing this – they proved it at Birmingham.

"That is a difficult place to go and when you’re there and you go and win, when Birmingham are also on fire, and with a clean sheet, it says a lot about their character and what they’re doing.

“And now with a home game after this result, they will want to go on. And we have again one day less to recover than them. I think they will be highly motivated and we have to be on our best level in order to win points there.”


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