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Daniel Farke: It should have been more comfortable

20 February 2021

Daniel Farke was full of praise for his Norwich City side after they beat Rotherham United 1-0 on Saturday but he admitted the margin of victory should have been much wider.

City created a host of opportunities throughout the match but Teemu Pukki's strike on 17 minutes was all they needed to stretch their winning run to three.

Speaking post-match, the City head coach said: "We are happy. Each and every game at this level is difficult – you just have to look at the other results. It’s difficult to win points at this level, you always have to be spot on.

"We delivered today a win, three points and clean sheet and I’m pretty delighted with the result and the performance.

"If I’m honest the game should have been buried already at half-time. Unbelievable amount of chances, our offensive display was fantastic.

"Teemu had a one against one on the goalkeeper out of 11 yard, Emi Buendia out of ten yards central in front of the goal, Mario Vrancic ten yards central in front of the goal – if you would have the chance to pick some players in these situations, it would be exactly these players.

"Todd Cantwell had a great chance, Max Aarons too. We had so many situations in their box, at least at three or four-nil at half-time and the game would have been already done.

"In the second-half, perhaps we had a few chances less but still, Teemu had a one against one on the goalkeeper. There was a scene for Todd Cantwell and Mario Vrancic too.

"I’m pretty delighted with our offensive display, the only thing you could criticise is that we didn’t use our chances.

"If you don’t score the second and the third goal against Rotherham, they always have a chance to come back.

"They are a brave side, they really go for it and press. They went for it, and we allowed them to stay in the game. They’ve scored many goals for a team in their position.

"If you don’t score the second or third goal, you have to be without any mistakes in the defence. We just had rare mistakes and in these situations, we were spot on to react. Tim Krul was there and didn’t have many saves to make.

"It’s a big win and I’m delighted with the result and performance. It could have easily been five or six-nil but still, the three points are important."

Farke waited until right until the very end to make use of his substitutes but he outlined why he kept faith with his starting eleven for so long.

"We are there with substitutions when it makes sense. We have used many substitutes often but I got the feeling we controlled the game today. The individual performances were good and there was no time to rest.

"Our defensive players were spot on, central players spot on and our offensive players played a part in the clean sheet.

"So that’s why we made substitutions late. But even then, our substitutes had an impact. Lukas Rupp, Adam Idah and Alex Tettey all contributed."

There was plenty of delight around the team as they game came to an end but the City boss says they'll remain level with plenty of twists and turns yet to come.

"We are three points closer, but there’s still a long way to go. The table is not important at the moment, points are. Right now with 64 points, we wouldn’t even make it into the play-offs. So we have to make sure we win 80 points to secure our place in the play-offs and then we’ll try and pick up some more points to improve our position.

"Our first step right now is to get right up to 80 points. We won’t get carried away. We have to make sure we are ready to go again on Tuesday."

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