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Daniel Farke: We won't be testing things for next season

23 April 2021

With promotion to the Premier League confirmed last weekend, Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke could be forgiven for experimenting with his squad before the season ends.

But Queens Park Rangers can expect to face a strong starting line-up in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game, Farke confirming that professionalism is key to fight for the title.

"I'm full of respect for QPR," he said in Friday afternoon's pre-match press conference. "They are one of the best footballing sides in the league, Mark [Warburton] is doing a great job.

"In their home games, they are unbelievably dangerous. We won't raise the white flag and we'll go for the win.

"I'm not a believer in testing things for next season. I'm always professional and we want to finish as strong as possible."

On the past two defeats, Farke said that the schedule hadn't favoured his side, who celebrated promotion on Saturday night.

"You can't blame or criticise my lads for the last two defeats," he said. "We went into the Bournemouth game and started very well, our best period of the season I think. We then conceded a questionable red card and against one of the best teams in the league, it was always going to be difficult. 

"All the key decisions were against us and a few of my key players were struggling with injury in that game. You then take the tiredness into the next game. Three days later, after playing in underload, it was always going to be tough.

"We were not there with our best performance against Watford but it's understandable. We celebrated after promotion but the lads were allowed to do so. There were only two days between the games and we didn't have our best preparation. The schedule was a bit against us."

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