Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke told canaries.co.uk that the squad and the fans share a “special bond and unity” following City’s 2-0 win against Everton on Saturday.
“The fans know we always leave our hearts on the pitch and try everything,” he added “It’s tough sometimes, but they were always supporting us. Of course, it’s disappointing when you have dry periods, as it is for us as players and staff, but we always have the feeling there is a special bond and a special unity.
“I tell you what, even after this game we’re far away from losing our feet from the ground. We’re not favourites for the Premier League title, we’re favourites for position 20, but if we can go further on with this unity and spirit, we are capable of creating another big sensation after last season to stay in this league.
“It was a great day and important win for us. A first win on the road, a clean sheet and a good performance. We’ve had many problems with injuries, so the dressing room is buzzing. I’m delighted for the lads, the club and the supporters. They were fantastic so we were happy to send them back, not only with a good performance but the three points as well. Hopefully they have a great weekend.”
Going into more detail on his satisfaction at getting another precious three points in the Premier League, the boss said the defensive solidity was pivotal.
“To be solid defensively is the basement,” Farke said. “It was 30 years ago, and it will be in 30 years’ time. This was more or less the first time in the season we had two fully fit centre-backs on the pitch.
“It’s been so difficult to play without our club captain Grant Hanley, Timm Klose, or more recently an experienced player like Christoph Zimmermann. He was unbelievable last season. Ben Godfrey has kept going week after week despite having surgery on a hernia. It’s good to be defensively solid but it helps to improve your offensive game.”
There would have been nerves among the City supporters, not that they showed it, at only being 1-0 up for the majority of the second half, but Farke insisted he was never concerned about Everton getting back into the game, despite their status as favourites.
“We were not the favourite at Everton,” he said. “When you realise how much quality they are able to bring in during the game it’s outstanding. They were on a good run, three games unbeaten.
“Of course, they tried everything when we were 1-0 up but I never had the feeling that the pressure would be too much for us. In the last 15 minutes, we changed to a formation with three at the back with Ibrahim Amadou coming on. It was the first time we had been able to do that with the players available. That helped to get us over the line and the second goal was crucial for us to celebrate. Of course, we had to defend a few set-pieces and crosses but it’s a well-deserved win.”
Finally, Farke discussed how City utilised the international break efficiently, and sarcastically expressed a distaste for Todd Cantwell’s eccentric goal celebrations.
“We seem to be successful in the first game after an international break, having beaten Manchester City, kept a clean sheet and drew at AFC Bournemouth, and won today. I would prefer to have more breaks because of that!
“This one was important to allow us to get a few players back and speak about a few things. We’re now confident for another difficult game at Carrow Road next weekend.
“I’m not a big fan of Todd’s dance moves but when he’s able to bring such a performance, not only with scoring a goal, but with his workload and disciplined tactical behaviour, he’s totally allowed to celebrate.
“It’s important as a coach to keep your feet on the ground, but it’s important for the players to value such a great win at Goodison Park. For that, they are aloud to dance. That’s for sure.”