It’s been three years since Daniel Farke was appointed Head Coach of Norwich City, and there have been plenty of exciting moments along the way!
To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten games during the Farke era, but lists can often prove controversial! If yours is different, why not submit your top ten on Twittter @NorwichCityFC?
Without further ado, let’s look back across three years of high-octane football.
- Birmingham City 2-2 Norwich City, 04/08/2018
The Canaries began their 2018-19 Championship campaign with a sign of things to come – two late goals courtesy of Onel Hernandez (his first in yellow and green) at St Andrew’s.
After the Cuban’s initial equalising goal in the 83rd minute, Birmingham thought they had nullified the threat Viv Solomon-Otabor made it 2-1 to the home side from close range in the 89th. But, four minutes into stoppage time, Hernandez replied again, salvaging a point for the visitors.
"A draw in the first away game is not too bad,” Farke told the media. “We can live with that result."
- Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday, 19/04/2019
Promotion to the Premier League beckoned when Mario Vrancic’s 97th minute postage stamp free-kick provided a thrilling finale to this draw at Carrow Road!
We knew the Bosnian’s capabilities as a specialist from distance, but to have the nerve do what he did that late in the game? What an incredible moment!
City went five points clear at the top of the league with three games to play, Farke adding: "These lads never know when they're beaten and this attitude and mentality helps us bring it over the line.”
- Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town, 18/02/2018
Ipswich came close to securing their first East Anglian derby win since 2009 when Luke Chambers gave them the lead in the 89th minute of this dramatic encounter.
But it wasn’t to be. Grant Hanley emphasized the importance of fighting for every loose ball right up until the final whistle when he darted onto it on the right wing in the fifth minute of stoppage time. One perfect cross later, Timm Klose headed in to salvage a point that felt like three!
"I thought it was a typical crazy derby game, with aggressive tackles, duels and the two late goals,” Farke said.
- Norwich City 3-3 Nottingham Forest, 26/12/2018
The previous three entries in the list have all had a stoppage time goal to secure a draw for City, but how about two stoppage time goals!?
With 15 minutes of normal time remaining, the Canaries were 3-0 down at home to Forest. Surely even they couldn’t come back from this one? But, as we all know, a goal from Vrancic and a brace by Hernandez (94th and 98th minutes) ensured just that.
"Moments like these remind you why we started to play football in the first place and why we love it so much," Farke said. Let’s remind you why we love late drama at Carrow Road with the highlights below!
- Norwich City 3-2 Bolton Wanderers, 08/12/2018
When Mark Beevers scored a second equalising goal for Bolton in this match, City’s leading of the Championship was about to be thwarted by the chasing Leeds United.
But Teemu Pukki kept the Canaries above the Peacocks with his 93rd minute winner, making it 12 wins from 15 for Norwich!
"We were playing such decent stuff today, so much on the front foot, and totally deserved to be in the lead,” Farke said.
- Norwich City 4-3 Millwall, 10/11/2018
At this point we’re running out of superlatives to describe the drama of late goals! Millwall found themselves 3-2 up when Jed Wallace netted in the 83rd minute, but you know how this script goes.
Jordan Rhodes equalized in the second minute of stoppage time but, not content with just a point, Pukki bundled in another in the 97th minute, keeping City at the top of the table!
"It's important to enjoy special moments like this. It was a magic night,” Farke said.
- Norwich City 3-0 Ipswich Town, 10/02/2019
Looking to go back above Leeds in the Championship, there were few better ways to do it than with a convincing East Anglian derby win.
An early goal from Hernandez and a Pukki brace meant the visitors never looked like getting anything from the game, which went as perfectly as the Canaries could have hoped for.
"Ipswich had to try and break our rhythm and try and annoy us and take our concentration away, but I think the most important thing is that happens on the pitch,” Farke said at full-time.
- Leeds United 1-3 Norwich City, 02/02/2019
As we’ve alluded to, the competitiveness between Leeds and Norwich was bubbling all season with the two tussling at the top, but City really showed off their title credentials with this display at Elland Road.
Two goals from Vrancic and one from Pukki, his 22nd of the season for club and country, moved City to the summit for the first time in 2019, ahead of Leeds on goal difference.
"Such an away win as this is outstanding and the consistency the lads are delivering is also great,” Farke added post-match. “It's important we enjoy these kind of results and enjoy it."
- Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Norwich City (2-3 pens), 04/03/2020
The penultimate game before lockdown began, City fans were given an FA Cup memory to cherish. Jose Mourinho’s side held onto the 1-0 lead Jan Vertonghen had given them for the majority of the game, before Josip Drmic equalized to take the game to extra-time.
Neither side could find the winner in the following half-hour, and City knew they could fancy themselves in the penalty shootout.
Coolly converted spot-kicks combined with a typical Tim Krul masterclass sent the 9,000 City fans inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium wild. The club were through to the quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years!
- Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City, 14/09/2019
If Norwich City had gained a nation-wide reputation for thrilling their fans with late drama in the Championship, the limelight of the Premier League meant that this was where the world took notice of Daniel Farke’s fighters.
Much had been made of the Canaries’ injury crisis – eight members of the first team squad were deemed unavailable for the fixture against Pep Guardiola’s champions.
But Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and Pukki wrote themselves into Premier League folklore with one of the competition’s most historic underdog wins! It wasn’t just the result, but the attacking performance that rightly earned Farke’s side plaudits from all around the globe!