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Daniel Farke: It's important we value what the team is doing at the moment

24 November 2020

Daniel Farke hailed a massive win for his Norwich City side as they dug in to seal a 3-2 triumph over Stoke City.

The Canaries cruised to a 3-0 lead by the hour mark but had to dig in following a late Stoke resurgence after Emi Buendia was shown a red card in the second-half.

Speaking shortly after his team extended their unbeaten run to nine matches, Farke said: "It's a massive win. Before the week started after the international break, with all the injury problems we've had and coming into unbelievably difficult away games at Middlesbrough and Stoke - everyone told me to stay unbeaten with two draws would be great.

"But to come away with back-to-back wins is unbelievable. It was, of course, a rollercoaster and with the red card in the end, but the only thing that counts is that we have won this game.

"After the red card and the momentum of the game, Stoke threw everything at us. We were very unlucky with injuries during the game and this game was made for a draw or a loss in the end, but this team found a way.

"It's an unbelievable mentality and togetherness. I can't praise my team enough. It's important that we value what these lads are doing at the moment."

Farke's injury worries were increased during the match, with goalkeeper Tim Krul forced off with what appeared to be a thigh strain in the first-half.

"Tim Krul has a strain in his muscle. We send our best players around the world on international breaks for games and friendlies and we start back without training and we've now had two away games in four days. 

"Something like this happens. We have to accept this. It looks right now like he'll be out for a few weeks and that means in this busy schedule, he'll miss five or six games.

"Marco Stiepermann went to the ground as well, there's the danger of concussion there. We have to assess him.

"I had to substitute Teemu Pukki with hamstring problems and that could also be a strain. It's an unbelievably tricky period at the moment.

"But what counts today is what happens today. What the lads did today was massive."

The City boss was left purring at some of his side's attacking play during the game, but he left words of praise for his players coming into the team who hadn't featured much this season so far.

"There were some great attacks and lovely team goals today. The first situation with Josh, Stiepi and Emi in the end - it was a fantastic goal.

"The second situation - an unbelievable pass from Emi Buendia and world-class finish from Teemu Pukki.

"Also the third goal - Josh Martin with another assist and Teemu Pukki with a cool finish. 

"Of course, in the end we were playing against a good side and they could have gone ahead of us today with a win. They tried everything and we had to deal with cross after cross but for our players coming in - Alex Tettey, Michael McGovern, Josh Martin - they did so well to deal with everything."

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