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Daniel Farke says Rotherham win is his proudest moment of the season so far

16 March 2019

Daniel Farke said he couldn’t be more proud of his City side after showing great character and strength to deliver three points at Rotherham.

The game ended 2-1 with crucial goals from Kenny McLean and Ben Godfrey, and Farke said it was a huge win at a difficult venue.

The City boss said: “I have never been prouder during the whole season because it was a massive win for us. Of course during the season there were perhaps even more exciting games of football but today it was important to dig in, to show some steel and to show mentality.

“You can’t deny all the long balls and it was so difficult because Rotherham were so organised, and it was so difficult to break them. It’s no coincidence they haven’t lost one game in the last month at home and in the last eight games they just had one loss away at Sheffield United.

“That shows a lot about the character and mentality of the team because it was so difficult today because Rotherham were so desperate to win points in the battle against relegation. And to be there with this win after a really difficult home win on Wednesday is massive. I can’t praise the lads enough today, I am so proud.”

The Millers started off looking the more confident of the two teams, however Norwich grew into the game and got the opener.

Farke said: “We were able to work ourselves into the game and my feeling was in the second part of the first half we were able to create many chances and then a really hard-fought first goal.

“We spoke before the game about how we wouldn’t have an unbelievably nice team goal and just an easy tap-in, so we had to be switched on in the box and to fight for a goal and that’s what we did exactly in the moment when Kenny scored.

“The build-up [to Kenny’s goal] was exactly how we wanted to do this so it was important to be precise in the centre, then Teemu played a really good chip ball and it was important today to have running in behind. Kenny was willing to do this and sometimes you have to be convinced that you can score.

“It was difficult to score in this situation but he showed that he was totally greedy and this is exactly what you have to do in a difficult surrounding at an away game.

“The surrounding and the situation at Rotherham is always difficult with an excited home crowd who tried to do everything to help the team. But we were able to dig in and not to get annoyed that they were playing pretty aggressive and trying to break us and our concentration and structure. We kept our nerves cool today and it was a real win of togetherness.”

Just over 2,600 fans made the trip to the New York Stadium and Farke described just how much it means to them to have this support.

“It means a lot to us,” he said. “It was outstanding again and it was really impressive to play in front of this yellow wall.

“We spoke about how we had to play with the same commitment and spirit like in the last game, but the last game was a home game under the floodlights with 26,000 people cheering us. We spoke about how although nearly the whole stadium would be against us and we would have to have the mentality that we fight for each other.

“And when you come out just before kick-off and you see this yellow wall and how much they support us and want to celebrate with us, it gave us a brilliant lift and a big boost.

"Well done to our supporters, I think they were a big, big part of this win today.”

The result keeps City at the top of the table throughout the international break, five points ahead of Leeds United who sit at third.

The City boss said: “To be top of the league is always brilliant and right now with this win and the other results it’s like we are pretty close to speaking about finishing in the top four and we have a brilliant situation for automatic promotion.

“We know although we are a few points ahead we are not the big favourites because of the size and the financial opportunities, but we are in a good position and we want to go further on.”


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