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Daniel Farke: I’m proud of my lads

28 February 2021

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke described the Canaries 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers as a big win and an even bigger three points.

The Canaries were held goalless until the 50th minute when Teemu Pukki found the back of the net, with Adam Idah later killing the game off with his tap-in from close-range in the 87th minute.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Farke said he was more than happy with his side’s performance against a difficult Wycombe team, adding that the team had to change tactics at half time to find a more dominant 45 minutes.

“It was a difficult game, Wycombe had seven points out of the last four games, two clean sheets in the last two games, and a win over Reading.

“To come here and win against this professional, comfortable, spirited and committed home side is pretty good and I’m proud of my lads. It was an important win, a good performance and a valuable three points.

“It’s important to stay patient because they take their time, each and every goal kick, throw-ins are last minute, they try to get in your head, play aggressively and stay disciplined. In terms of defending, it was important we didn’t allow them one chance more or less during the whole game.

“They are dangerous, they have physical threats, so it was important to stay disciplined. We also spoke about a few topics we had to improve in the first half, the passing was a bit too quick of the stepping in and dribbling to put more pressure on the block.

“We changed a few things at half time, we switched our base formation for the second half because I wanted better structure, possession and passing angles, I wanted to prepare our situations better.

“I think it worked out in the second half, we had much more control and prepared more situations. We scored two fantastic goals, we could have scored more when I think about the situations, Onel Hernandez one-on-one with the goalkeeper, Emi Buendia should have scored, Lukas Rupp played some really good passes, it could have been a bit more comfortable.

“The only thing that counts today is the three points and the clean sheet win, so many compliments to the lads.”

Discussing the danger Wycombe possessed throughout, the City boss emphasised the importance in the Canaries finding their second goal to cushion the win in a more comfortable manner.

“We missed many chances after the first goal, whether it was Onel Hernandez or Emi Buendia, anyhow when you score the second or third goal, everything is more comfortable. If you’re not scoring, they still have a chance, one long goal-kick or free-kick and they can score.

“We didn’t allow them to have one chance, we defended pretty concentrated, but if you don’t score the second goal, the game is not done.

“For that, I was quite pleased we scored out of a set-piece, it was a good delivery, good movement of Kenny McLean and Adam Idah really anticipating the ball off the line. It’s really good for his confidence as well, all in all it was a really good day.”

Asked about Emi Buendia’s yellow card and the caution he’d have to take to avoid dismissal, Farke said he trusted the midfielder to make nothing but positive contributions until his substitution.

“Emi tackled 20 times in the game and then for his first foul he gets a yellow card, he’s an emotional player and I want him to play on this emotion, but in a smart way.

“I was quite confident he would handle it in a pretty professional and disciplined way and that’s what he did. I was able to rest him in the last few minutes and give him a little break, but before it was important to set up the second goal and earn his rest.”


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