Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke was naturally delighted with his side’s 1-0 win at home to Brentford on Wednesday, despite feeling the result should have been more comfortable.
“A good night, isn’t it? We played today against one of the best sides in this league and won another three points and came a few points closer to what we want to achieve. It was a well deserved win, no doubts about this. We were against a really good side so it was an amazing night for us.
“It was a tight game, exactly like expected, but I got the feeling we fully deserved to be in the lead. I was a bit worried because we didn’t use our chances on this level. Teemu was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and my gut feeling was we should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up.
“On both sides, there were a few chances from set-pieces. For us, Mario Vrancic had good positions. They had one or two good positions. The situations where we should have scored were more or less just Teemu’s.
“I was a bit worried because on such a level you should need to use your chances in order to make sure that you win. In the second half, we allowed them to have a bit more possession in their half and not so much in our half or the final third.
“In the second half, I think about a great situation of Pukki and a world class save from the goalkeeper, both situations with Onel Hernandez, Ben Gibson with a good chance out of a header, so in the second half we had the better chances.
“If you don’t score the second goal, you have to be relentless and stay disciplined in the game until the last second.
“You always have to be switched on because, although you are the better side, one small detail can change the world in football. You still have to be awake and defend everything until the end and this mentality, to stay aware in every little detail, was crucial today.
“I’d have preferred a more comfortable win with more goals, but a 1-0 win and another clean sheet and another three points, so I’m pretty pleased.
“It is a massive three points but every point in this league is massive. To win three against one of the best sides in the league is always great. By winning this game, one of our biggest competitors loses, but now it’s important to be switched on for Luton.
“This is what a winning mentality means. After a massive night, a great win and everyone praising you, to be fully focused on the next task and not open the battle of champagne.
“Against Luton, we need a better type of performance to win this game. They have momentum and nothing to lose so it will be a difficult game. We’re happy with the status quo, a win, the points and everything is cool, but now we also want to win the points on the weekend.”