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Daniel Farke: We have to be calm and focussed

12 March 2019

Daniel Farke said he trusts his City side not to lose their nerves as they enter the crucial last ten games of the season.

Norwich will welcome Hull City to Carrow Road on Wednesday night in their second home match in six days and Farke said they need to continue on calm and focussed. 

“This is right now the crunch period of the season and in these moments you have to be really cool, calmed down and focussed and it will be important to not lose our nerves,” he said.

“My feeling is we handled it in all the big games and the spotlight games so far during this season and any setbacks in a pretty good way, and for that I totally trust my lads that we are capable to do this and it’s crucial in order to be successful at the end of the season.

“In the next weeks there will be some periods when there are setbacks but to go further on, to stick to your plan and to believe in yourself and be flexible in the way you approach it is also important. I’ve mentioned several times this quote but we have to have fire in the heart but be cool in the head and this will be the crucial topic for the next weeks.”

The last time Norwich faced the Tigers in November it ended in a 0-0 draw, with Hull the last team to deny the Canaries any goals in a league game.

Farke said: “Our first game was a really good point for us and I was pleased with our performance.

“We know that we face a side with many threats, especially in the offence. I’m pretty sure they will be highly motivated to respond after a difficult game for them at Nottingham, and they are still in a good position to fight for the play-offs.

“They are really good in the transition moments, they have good wingers and many options in the striker position, so we know we have to be there with a really good performance in order to win some points.”

The Canaries play a day later than promotion rivals Leeds and Sheffield United, but Farke said he is only concentrating on their results.

The City boss said: “You have to concentrate and focus on the things you want to do. So it’s not like we go into this Hull game and think about how we need a good result, it’s more like we have to be focussed on what we have to do in order to get this.

“This means we have to be focussed on what we want to do in our pressing, our possession and our build-up, and if we concentrate on these topics and are not thinking about what will happen in a few weeks or what will happen if we win or lose this game, then we just have to concentrate on what to do in order to bring a good performance and the results will come automatically.

“We are in a brilliant position and as long as we are focussed on our games and are there with good results in this stage of the season each and every game day is your game day, even if all the other opponents are winning points. The games are getting less and less and we are still in a brilliant position and for that you just have to concentrate on yourself and what you are doing and this is the message to the players.”

Farke once again said the home fans will play a key role in their success against Hull, and urged supporters to get behind the team for the whole game.

“We need our fans because we are not the big favourites this season and we play with so many young players. In this crucial period we need one unity and our fans especially in the home games and there will be tricky moments and difficult periods during all the ten games.

“We need our fans to support us, to give us confidence and especially in the moments where we are perhaps struggling a bit or having some difficult periods, it’s so important that we stick together and that we have this support and trust. Especially for our young players when they feel it’s a difficult game they need this support and this atmosphere.”

Fans are asked to be in their seats by 7.30pm at Wednesday night's game for an important announcement!


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