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Daniel Farke: We knew how big the game was for our fans

10 February 2019

Daniel Farke said he was proud of the way his team stayed disciplined as Norwich cruised to a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town.

The Canaries got off to a flying start with a goal from Onel Hernandez in the second minute, and Farke said he was delighted with the way his players stayed greedy for more goals. 

“I’m very proud, it was a well-deserved win and a difficult game because for Ipswich it was a do or die game,” Farke said. “They tried to get under our skin, break our rhythm, annoy us and take our concentration away, so for that it was difficult because we had to stay disciplined and cool but also concentrate on the match. But I can’t remember one save of Tim Krul and we scored three times and kept a clean sheet, so I am happy today.

“For weeks Ipswich could concentrate on this game because it was their chance to change the mood and their whole season in just one game and in the recent weeks we had so many high quality games facing the league leaders away at Leeds. So, with all respect to this derby, and we wanted to win, for us it was more or less another day in the office.

“It was important to stay cool and handle their aggressiveness and we did. We had to wait a few weeks to be there with a clean sheet and I think Ipswich tried everything and even when they were back they tried to attack our goal, but we didn’t give one clear chance away.”

Teemu Pukki secured the victory with two more goals in the second half, netting his 19th and 20th league goals for the Club. 

Commenting on the form of the Finnish striker, Farke said: "They were again important goals because when you are just 1-0 in the lead anything can happen. It was important that we were dangerous also out of counter attacks, not just out of possession. And in this situation Emi Buendia was there with a brilliant pass and it was great movement from Teemu and then a really calm, world-class finish. It was important to score that second goal.

“And then again to go further on and be greedy to score the third goal was important and I was also happy that I was able in the last minutes to rest him a bit because his workload for the team was enormous and we are all happy with his performance today.”

The win makes it 10 years Norwich are unbeaten against Ipswich, and Farke said they knew just how much it meant to the fans to continue the run.

The City boss said: “We knew how big this game was for the whole region, for the city, the fans and for the Club and of course we wanted to present them with a win today and a good performance. And to do this with a clean sheet and three goals in a home game against Ipswich, and to be there even after many exhausting weeks in the league with a controlled win is outstanding and I just can’t praise the lads enough.

"Even before the game there was this march with the fans and you could feel there was a special atmosphere. It was important to present this win as a gift to our fans because they are 100% amazing and this unity and support at the moment is outstanding. We are all flying and I am totally happy that all the Canaries are allowed to fly a bit longer today.”

Next up Norwich face Preston and Bolton in Wednesday and Saturday games away from home next week, and Farke knows it won’t be an easy task.

“We have to be smart in terms of recovery because we have three games in the space of six days and our opponent Preston right now is able to rest one more day than us and Bolton the same when we play them on Saturday, so it will be difficult," Farke said. 

“They are difficult away games against sides who will fight for each and every point against relegation so this will be a really complicated week and we have to be really switched on. We will enjoy this day today but in two hours we have to start our recovery in order to be prepared for the week.”

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