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Timm Klose: The team spirit here is something special

1 January 2019

Timm Klose praised the spirit of his teammates for fighting back against Brentford to pick up a point on the road.

The City defender bundled home a Mario Vrancic corner to bring Norwich level in the 83rd minute in a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park.

And Klose said they deserved to take something from the game.

“I think we can talk about a good point away,” he said. “Brentford showed that they can play really good football and they have some quality players as well. It was hard to come here and play our game because they have a quality team, but we dug deep and it was a well-deserved point.”

Norwich went behind after 22 minutes with a Julian Jeanvier header, and were also forced to sub off Marco Stiepermann early on after he picked up a quad injury.

Reflecting on the first half, Klose said: “I thought we had the game under control. Of course you can speak about two or three shots but there was nothing major on target where Tim [Krul] had to make a big save. I think the second half he kept us in the game twice.

“We showed character after we went 1-0 down. We had been talking a lot about set pieces in the last couple of days and then it’s unfortunate that you concede another set piece, but we all know that periods like this are going to happen with this young team and it’s how you get out of it and how you fight back and I think we’ve done a great job today.

“After 25 minutes we found ourselves more and more in the game, we kept more possession and we managed to bring our game on the pitch and we just kept doing that in the second half. We changed the system slightly and then we had more pressure against the ball and also with the ball. Sometimes you have to take those points because it’s not that easy to come here and win.”

The 1,650 travelling fans were in prime position to watch Klose head home his goal, and the Swiss defender said it is always a great feeling to help his team.

Klose said: “It’s always nice to score important goals for this Club. This Club has given me so much and it’s always nice to give something back and that’s why I was really delighted with my goal.

“I didn’t get to celebrate for too long as I wanted to win the game, but it’s always nice to celebrate in front of our fans. I was just more focussed on getting the ball and trying to win the game.”

The result keeps the Canaries second in the table, but Klose said his team is only focussed on the next games ahead.

“It’s very important that we get our points, we never give up and we never surrender – that’s a good spirit for the team and it speaks loud for the team,” he said.

“No one expected us to be in this position after 24 games. We don’t need to look at the table, we all know there are going to be some difficult games until the end of the season and we don’t want to start looking around and asking ‘what if we win, or what if we lose, or what if this other team wins?’ We don’t need to do that because we have young players we need to develop and we want to play great football and that’s all that matters, the rest is a bonus.

“The team spirit here is something special and it gives us the push in every game to go out even in difficult situations and fight for those points.

“Unfortunately we picked up some injuries today as well with crucial players, but the team spirit is great. Everyone who comes in tries to show that he needs to stay in the team and wants to show that he is a player you can count on and that shows how big the atmosphere is at the moment in and around the Club.”


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