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Daniel Farke: We had to dig in for the points

24 April 2021

Head coach Daniel Farke was delighted to see his Norwich City side take a step closer to the Sky Bet Championship title with a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

After back-to-back defeats, Farke says it's always difficult for a team to bounce back but he was pleased with his team's response.

The City boss said post-match: "I'm pretty happy with this game today. You couldn't blame or criticise my lads for the last two games. The Bournemouth loss came just a couple of hours after we were promoted.

"Then a difficult game with the red card, decisions against us and injuries to key players. It was difficult. The Watford game came just two and half days later so it was tough.

"Although, you can't criticise them, it's always the same after two losses because the next game is always difficult. You lose momentum and confidence and you have to dig in to get a result.

"That's what we did today with a really comfortable win against a good side. It's a difficult place to come. They are a brave side and had some really good moments.

"But we scored three fantastic goals and had also a few chances more to finish the game. It's been a busy week so for that, I'm pleased with our response and many compliments to them.

City's full-backs were on the scoresheet with Xavi Quintilla and Max Aarons netting crucial goals either side of half-time.

"It's important to win games from goals fron non-offensive players. We have the quality, Xavi got some criticism after the Watford game but he responded today. He has this technique to put some crazy curve onto the ball and of course, the keeper could have done better but it was a great strike.

"With Max Aarons, that's what we want from him - to be proactive and get in the box. It was a great pass from Kenny McLean and a superb finish so it was great to see."

Farke made a key tactical switch during the second-half, bringing on Jacob Sorensen for some defensive solidity in the midfield and the change paid off. 

"We had to close the centre [mid way through the second-half]. Jacob is good on the ball and we were giving the ball too easy away, we needed a bit more steel too. We also want to push Kenny higher up the pitch.

"Jacob was crucial for the win today.

As for Tim Krul's penalty save, Farke said: "We started the second-half pretty well but we misjudged their counter, and gave the penalty away unneccessarily away but we have the best goalkeeper in the league. For that, there's no surprise he's there with a big moment in the game.

"I felt we could find the next gear again but big compliments to Tim who was there with a big save."

A final point was reserved for Todd Cantwell who made his 100th appearance for the club: "Sometimes, you forget to value how far these lads have come. Todd has grown so much during the last few years. He's matured so much and it's great to see a local boy come through and shine for the team."

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