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Daniel Farke: A point at West Brom was well-deserved

12 January 2019

Daniel Farke was pleased with his Norwich City side after they came from behind to draw 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

His team trailed at the break after Dwight Gayle’s early strike but, once again, they dug in, kept going and got a reward for their endeavours when Jordan Rhodes poked home Kenny McLean’s cross at the near post with just seven minutes left.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk post-match, Farke said: “To be honest, we were pretty greedy today. Before the game, we just wanted to win this game.

“In general, without any doubts it’s decent point. Away at West Brom is always a tough place and they’re a really good side.

“When you are losing in such a game and come back and travel home with some points, for that big compliments to the lads for a good point.”

Despite having to defend for large periods, Farke said his team’s point was deserved: “In all statistics, it was equal. The goals were pretty similar in the end.

“I got the feeling West Brom started well and were better in the first 20 minutes. They deserved to be in the lead and we weren’t confident enough.

“That sometimes happens when you have several players on the pitch who are coming back from injury.

“Sometimes the start can be a bit rusty, but after that in the second part of the first-half, we were close to equalising.

“In the second-half, we invested so much and created a lot but it was also difficult because you have to take more and more risks.

“Of course, West Brom have so much quality in the offence with Gayle, Rodriguez, Robson-Kanu – it’s difficult to control the counters that they had.

“In general, my feeling was that it was a fair result.”

Farke’s brought on Rhodes and McLean with just ten minutes left on the clock and it had an instant impact, with the former finding the net with his first touch.

“We had lots of good situations before [the double substitution], with chances from Dennis Srbeny and Teemu Pukki.

“But then the last 15 minutes, we changed the system a bit and played 3-5-2 because we wanted to change the balance of the game.

“On the one hand, you can have an idea as a coach, but it’s up to the players to bring it on the pitch.

“It was a brilliant situation because Kenny had a second chance to put the ball in. It was a really good delivery and Jordan Rhodes with brilliant movement on the front post and a calm finish. It was a goal of real quality.”


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