Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia was full of praise for his teammates after the Canaries took all three points against Reading on Wednesday evening.
The Canaries went one up early courtesy of Buendia’s fine finish, before a deflected Reading shot levelled the scoring. Max Aarons went on to win a penalty in the second half, giving Teemu Pukki the perfect opportunity to convert from the spot and give City the win.
Buendia was more than happy with the result after the side dug deep for the win, saying he was delighted to help the team with his finish.
“It was a hard game for us, very hard to get this brilliant result and keep going with this small lead over the other teams.
“We talked about the pressing, they try to play from really low positions, so we were pressing very good with Teemu and Stiepi [Marco Stiepermann]. I was alive to the ball and I’m happy with the finish and to help the team with the goal.”
Todd Cantwell and Kieran Dowell got yet another 45 minutes under their belts as they recover from injury, and Buendia knows just how valuable they can be to Daniel Farke’s side.
“They gave us a very good quality with the ball to keep us calm. They made more of the possession for us, so I was very happy to see Kieran, he’s a quality player and also Todd, he’s brilliant with the ball in the final third, so very good for them to be back in the team.”
Second half heroics came in all forms against the Royals, Aarons winning the penalty for Pukki to convert and Michael McGovern making a fantastic last-minute save to keep City in the lead. Speaking on this, Buendia described both actions at each side of the pitch as ‘brilliant’.
“It was brilliant [Cantwell and Max Aarons winning the penalty]. Todd did very well in their half, so it was a brilliant pass to Max and he’s always brave in the final third, he had very good movement and won the penalty and Teemu was there with the quality finish.
“It was a brilliant save for us in the last minute, so we’re very happy for him and with the whole team.”
Finally, asked about City’s run of form, Buendia believes that the team should be proud of their recent wins, but also emphasised their need to remain focused for the coming games.
“We’re really happy with the last few games, they were very tough games, both away games. We have to be focused on the next game against another very good team and so it’ll be hard for us.”