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Daniel Farke: It's a massive win and a sign of our quality

18 January 2019

Daniel Farke praised his City side for a “professional and experienced” win as they picked up three points against Birmingham at Carrow Road.

Farke said it was a sign of his team’s quality that they were able to score three times against a strong and well-structured side, with goals from Teemu Pukki, Mario Vrancic and Tom Trybull.

The Norwich boss said: “It’s a massive win for us, especially against a Birmingham side who are normally so disciplined and well-structured. It’s difficult to create chances against them and score against them and I think we played a terrific first half, we were on fire and even the goal against us couldn’t stop us. It was a perfect first half and the game was nearly done at half time.

“In the second half, we changed to a more pragmatic style because Birmingham realised they had to wait a bit more for counters. It was important not to give too many balls away and control the game a bit more to not give them any situations where they can counter. It was a bit calmer in the second half and even in those moments I think we had the bigger chances and could have scored more.

“It shows even more how good we were because we were able to create so many chances and score so many goals like no other team so far this season against Birmingham. It’s a sign of quality and to do this without many key players like Timm Klose, Alex Tettey, Moritz Leitner and also during the game Emi Buendia was injured, but we handled all these situations and all the players who came in were there delivering with good performances. Big, big compliments to the lads today, they were brilliant.”

Norwich got the opener 13 minutes in, but moments later the Blues equalised with a Che Adams goal, which Farke described as frustrating.

“To concede a goal was of course annoying but this is what happens sometimes when you play against a side with so much quality in the offence,” he said. “In this scene we were perhaps not switched on for the second ball and it was a scene full of quality from Jota who played the ball through eight lads and it was a brilliant move from Che Adams.

“Sometimes you have to accept that the opponent is able to score with just one chance. I was more pleased with our reaction because we didn’t lose our nerves, we stayed cool and played further on exactly in the same style and it was well-deserved that we were in the lead at half time. It was a professional and experienced win.”

Trybull returned to the team today in place of Alex Tettey who is out with an injury, and Farke was full of praise for his role in the win.

“I’m totally pleased for Tom because he has had to wait pretty long for his chance, but in recent weeks he has played against Portsmouth and 75 minutes against Brentford and I’m totally happy that I have Tom,” Farke said.

“When you have a quality squad sometimes even a quality player has to wait a bit and it’s not easy then to deliver immediately. But today Tom was there with a really good performance, there were one or two things he can improve, but I’m really pleased with him.”

The City head coach also provided an update on Emi Buendia, who limped off in the first half.

He said: “Emi got a dead leg. He’s a player who has unbelievable technical ability and sometimes you get the feeling the referee should protect these players a bit more. He had many nasty falls today but it’s also a style of his playing that he gets fouled, I don’t complain too much. His dead leg got worse and worse from minute to minute and after 35 minutes we had to substitute him. I hope he’s back for the next game.”

Farke once again took to the pitch at the end of the match to celebrate with the fans and said the support at Carrow Road is a huge part of their success.

“We are a fortress and I think we are pretty much on top in the home table,” he said. “We had unbelievable unity, an unbelievable atmosphere and this unity is one of our biggest strengths. The young lads know that they can make mistakes and they will always have the support of the stadium and it’s a pleasure for them to be allowed to wear the yellow shirt."


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