Making it three wins in a row after their last-minute winner against Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke believes their visit to face Brentford on Tuesday (7.45pm KO) will be a lot closer than the previous fixtures.
Turning around the earlier misfortunes of the season in a 2-2 draw with Preston North End and a 1-0 loss to Derby County, the Canaries boss says he is proud that his team were the only side to get nine points last week, especially thanks to the contributions of Mario Vrancic.
“We're pleased with these nine points, no other team on this level were able to get that this week.
“We turned the game around against Rotherham, we were patient for a winner against Birmingham and Wycombe had a little setback. They were all deserved wins, I'm pretty delighted with the performances.
“Winning has to be a habit and it feels like this. The gut feeling throughout the Wycombe game was that we were going to win the game. We have many goals and assists from the bench, Mario Vrancic, Przemyslaw Placheta and Adam Idah.
“Mario Vrancic is a guy you can always count on, he's a fantastic guy and a great football player.
“He has goals and assists in him, he doesn't have to see a pass, he feels a pass. Whenever Mario came into the game in our title-winning season, he had a goal in him. Mario is something really special.”
Previewing Tuesday’s opposition, Farke believes the Bees to be one of the favourites for this season’s Championship campaign, crediting the side for finding ways to fill the void of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma.
“Brentford are one of the favourites for me. They were pretty close to direct promotion last season. They have grown from season to season and this is always a good pedigree in fighting for promotion.
“They lost two really important players but have great replacements with many goals so far this season.
“To be honest, it wasn't a surprise for me that Ivan Toney is the top scorer so far. He's capable to score goals, it's good for the confidence and he's nearly close to double figures so early in the season. I'm sure he'll score more goals, but hopefully not tomorrow!
“I think it will definitely be a closer game. We like possession and to dominate the game close to the opponent's box.
“The more we have the ball, the better we'll control the game and Brentford can't score. I'd like to dominate as we did the last opponents, but I expect a game where small details will be crucial in winning points or not.
“We're fully aware of their strengths, they have a top group and I'm pretty sure they'll finish in a top position in the end. It's a difficult one but we want these points.”