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Daniel Farke: Late goals give the sweetest wins

2 November 2020

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke will be hoping Tuesday night’s game at home to Millwall will be slightly more straightforward than this fixture’s previous meeting.

Nevertheless, coming from 3-2 down to win 4-3 in stoppage time, as City did almost two years ago, provided Norwich fans with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

“The last time we played Millwall here was such an emotional game,” Farke said. “The memories will live forever. Late goals are the sweetest wins.

“We didn't blow every opponent away when we won the title. This game was hard work and we had to fight until the end. That's the mentality we've shown in our first nine games.

“Millwall will fight for the top six and it will be a tough test for us.”

Farke was keen to point out in his pre-match press conference that, despite Millwall’s physical strengths, they’ve developed into a more rounded opponent this season.

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“Since Gary Rowett took over, it's not a typical Millwall game,” he said. “They have physical threats and are good at set-pieces, but are more flexible in their style. They've improved a lot in their possession with players like [Ryan] Woods in central midfield.

“They're not as predictable as before. It's always a hard fight against them. They're playing on a much better level and still have those strengths. I expect a difficult test and we'll have to be on a top level to extend our unbeaten run.”

Extending that unbeaten run to six games starts with a clean sheet, and Farke was full of praise for the man many Norwich fans have been nominating for the club’s Player of the Month award, Tim Krul.

“Tim had a solid season [two years ago] and has improved further on,” Farke added. “He's the best 'keeper in this league. It's no coincidence he's back in the Netherlands squad and has a chance to play in the next tournament.

“He's outstanding with his performance and character. He represents the yellow shirt with leadership. He's a great guy and knows it's not just about football, but about being a good person. 

“He cares for his teammates and all the people around. He's a great ambassador for our club. We're all proud to have him and he's proud to wear the yellow, or in this case, the blue goalkeeper shirt.”

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