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Daniel Farke: Bravery from young side at Leeds was outstanding

2 February 2019

Daniel Farke praised his Norwich City side’s bravery as they reigned superior in their top-of-the-table clash with Leeds United.

First-half goals from Mario Vrancic and Teemu Pukki had City firmly in the ascendancy at the interval and Vrancic netted late in the second to make sure of the victory, despite a late consolation from Patrick Bamford.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk post-match, Farke said: “It was a well-deserved win and a big three points. To do this in this atmosphere with such a young side is outstanding. The lads delivered.

“You have to be brave in order to play such a game and to be there with a result. It was important to have many periods where we pressed them high and it’s important that you are brave enough to keep the ball.

“The pressing of Leeds is outstanding, one of the best in the league. From the first minute we had the feeling that we weren’t here for a close result or a draw, no. We wanted to win the game and the lads showed this on the pitch today.”

Farke was particularly impressed with the level of control his team had in the second-half.

“In the first-half, we had a few parts where our possession was not quite at its best,” he continued.

“We also had a few problems in our pressing so we spoke about the details at half-time to be even better.

“It was no doubt that we deserved to be 2-0 in the lead. Leeds also had two or three really good chances but I think we had two or three more chances out of counter situations.

“I was especially pleased with the second-half because we didn’t give any chances away. I was a bit annoyed with the last scene because we conceded from a corner that was never a corner.

“I would have preferred to travel back with a clean sheet but I can’t complain too much. Big win tonight and an outstanding performance. It’s a joy to be a part of this group.”

Farke said his team’s focus is now fully on the East Anglian derby next Sunday.

“We will calm down the load over the next two days. It’s important to rest and to have a bit of quiet time.

“But when the new week is here, we will be concentrated on the derby because it’s never an easy game.

“There are no favourites in derbies. You always have to be switched on to get a big win.”


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