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Daniel Farke: Three points was all that mattered

24 October 2020

Daniel Farke admitted his Norwich City side weren't at their best in their victory over Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday but he was delighted they grinded out their third win in succession.

The Canaries left it late once again at Carrow Road, with substitute Mario Vrancic curling home a sensational free-kick in stoppage time. 

Teemu Pukki had given City the lead but Wycombe roared back to equalise through Scott Kashket.

City pushed hard for an equaliser in the second-half and they got their reward via Vrancic in the dying embers.

"I’m happy with the win and to finish the week off with nine points, it’s not too bad," said the City head coach to

"I spoke with the lads already and that’s a bit away from how we want to play and dominate. It’s a deserved win, no doubt about this - 76% possession, 25 shots on goal. But at times our passing accuracy was not great, our structure on the game was not always great as well.

"But when the games are coming thick and fast and you have to play after just three days [rest] you just have to grind out a result and find a way to win.

"In our title-winning season, we had some great memories when we played 3-3 against Nottingham Forest, 4-3 against Millwall and turned games around like against Bolton.

"We made mistakes in those games but we don’t speak about them anymore. We speak about magic nights. I’m pretty sure Carrow Road would have been on fire in this situation with Mario Vrancic in the 91st minute.

"For me, I’m just happy we were capable to win this game and that’s the most important thing for me today."

Farke was delighted to have a player of Vrancic's capability coming off the bench after he struck the decisive blow for the second game running.

"You can always count on Mario," he added. "He’s a fantastic player. But the team success is the only thing that matters. You will never win things with just eleven players, you need a big squad who sticks together and shows fighting spirit.

"You need subs who come in and decide the game. We’ve had several goals already from players who’ve come off the bench.

"Mario can always change a game and bring something special into our game. He was fantastic when he came in."

The game ended on a sour note when Adam Idah was given a straight red card but Farke says the young Irishman will learn from the experience.

"I was too far away to judge the red card. I’ve heard he was in a duel and the opponent has tried to keep him down. He used his hands to throw him away and I heard it was soft.

"But even if it was soft, but we must make sure in the last few minutes that we don’t give the referee a decision to make.

"I don’t want to complain too much about Adam. He’s doing some great things this season, he scored the only goal against Huddersfield for us.

"He’s a young lad and he’s the most disappointed guy in the dressing room. He was just a bit naïve but just one thing counts, that we won this game today."

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