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Emi Buendia: We kept going forward to find the solutions

28 February 2021

Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia praised his team’s grit to push on for two second half goals to take all three points against Wycombe Wanderers on Sunday afternoon.

The Canaries were kept goalless in the first half by Wycombe, but Teemu Pukki and Adam Idah found the back of the net in the second half to seal all three points.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Buendia described the win as a huge result, praising the Canaries strikers for their instincts to finish their chances.

“It was a very, very good win. It’s always difficult in away games, today was a tough first half, they made things really hard for us and we kept patient in the second half to find the solution.

“One of them created space in behind for me to find Teemu [Pukki] to score the first one and the second one, [Adam] Idah was really aware in the box, he’s a good striker. It’s a very big win for us.

“Our relationship [Buendia and Pukki’s] is really strong. Everyone knows our relationship on the pitch, I always try to find him and in this case, I saw his movement and he was really focused to finish the goal.”

Asked about the side’s determination to push on for their second half goals, Buendia said the team were full of grit to press on and push forward for their wins, especially in a difficult away game.

“We created chances in the first half, the free-kick was perfect, and it was a really good save, my chance with the header too. In the second half, they got tired and we kept going forward to find the solutions. In one of them chances, we had to score, and we did.

“Every game is difficult and more in away games, we really needed to change our formation a bit in the second half to make these chances with Skippy [Oliver Skipp] in the line of three and Gibbo [Ben Gibson] driving with the ball. That was the way we created more chances to win the game.”

But despite winning a vital three points against the Chairboys, Buendia was already looking ahead to Wednesday’s blockbuster match against Brentford, saying the team need to work hard for their best performance in the upcoming fixture.

“We have really tough games coming up. On Wednesday and we really have to focus on this important game and making a big difference in the table. Now, we keep working from tomorrow for the game.

“We need our best performance to beat Brentford, they’re in a difficult few games but they’re a really strong team, so we have to be really tough in our stadium and try to win the game.”


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