Daniel Farke was delighted that Norwich City side have reached the 90-point mark with five games of the Championship season to go.
The Norwich City head coach had previously said that 90 points would be enough to achieve automatic promotion, based on the points total of previous seasons, and while the 1-0 win over Derby County still leaves the Canaries two points shy of mathematically securing a return to the Premier League, Farke was in bouyant mood after the latest win.
“We know we are in a fantastic position and if I am honest my gut feeling with this win is that 90 points in the past has always been enough to be there with direct promotion,” said Farke.
“I am quite buzzing if I am honest, because we are pretty close. We are also now for quite a while unbeaten and I don’t see why we should be happy and content to lose the next five games, because we want to finish the season with the title, and we want to win as many points as possible and the job is not done yet, we need to bring it over the line.”
Norwich City also showed another side to their game in the 1-0 win over Derby. Having thrashed Huddersfield Town 7-0 in the previous game at Carrow Road, the Canaries showed grit, determination and character to come away from Pride Park with a narrow victory.
“I am happy because it was not magic football, like on Tuesday,” said Farke. “It was more like a hard fought win, but it is exactly what you expect if you have been working quite long in football. This is because we got so much praise for our performance on Tuesday night. We were the best Championship side ever, with the highest number of wins for 70 or 80 years for the club. These were all the compliments but four days later you have to deliver in an away game again after a long travel against a side that is fighting against relegation.
“I think we started quite well. We were all over them in the first 20 to 25 minutes and deserved to be in the lead, with a world class free kick off Kieran Dowell. Then at the start of the second half we started to over complicate things. We were not that tidy in terms of our possession and we lost a bit of our sharpness against the ball and in the end, we had to dig in. It was not the best we can play, but it is also important to show this side. It is important to show that we have some steel and for this we also deserve to be the winners.”