Daniel Farke: Our game management was really good today

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke was pleased with his side’s overall performance in Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Luton Town, while adding there remains room to improve.

“I can’t complain too much,” he said. “It’s the third game in six days so to deliver such a performance, we were really greedy today. We spoke about this, it’s what champions do. After a spotlight game that costs lots of energy physically and mentally, to be even more concentrated and focused in the next game and with an even better performance is what winners do. We showed this quality today so I’m really pleased and many compliments to the lads.

“I find many topics we could improve. In the first half, I thought at times we were a bit too hectic and not tidy enough in our passing. In the second half, we started unbelievably well and kept the game in their half.

“In the last 20 minutes, we could have had more control and structure in our game, so even today there were many topics we need to improve if we want to speak about the highest level, but it doesn’t take away that overall it was a really good performance.

“On a difficult pitch, it’s not that easy to be tidy and clean in the passing, but overall well done to the lads because it’s another three points, clean sheet and we scored three goals and created many chances which is fantastic.

“Our game management was really good today, as was how we started the second half. Luton were able to beat Sheffield Wednesday despite being 2-0 down with a really good second half, so we knew we had to start fully concentrated and switched on.

“I was especially pleased with the first 20 minutes because we calmed the game completely down and played just close to their box, having everything under control. We scored another fantastic goal with Todd.”

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City took the lead through some impressive build-up on the left wing and a deadly finish from Teemu Pukki in the 13th minute, Todd Cantwell getting the assist.

“It was a great team goal, good also for Todd’s confidence,” Farke added. “He needed 15 to 20 minutes to come into this game after his little injury but for him an assist was important.

“Teemu is in red-hot form, the first touch was world class and the finish as well. It was a great second goal and he had a few more chances. He’s always there in the key moments when you need him - the first goal and a pretty important second goal - I think he was fantastic again.

“I’m pleased with both Todd and Lukas. Also for Onel Hernandez, after a long-term injury, he had two games in the starting lineup and this was his third game in six days, the same for Mario Vrancic. He had to shift and run a lot in recent days and with all respect is not the youngest anymore.

“Due to the class of Lukas, who has been training fantastic, he totally deserved to start today and paid my trust back with a really good performance.

“Todd lost the ball a few times when he needed to get back to his peak level, but to be there with a good assist and good goal is good for his confidence and it’s good to have him back.”

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Norwich now have a clear calendar to focus fully on the trip to Sheffield Wednesday next Sunday, and Farke feels his team will make the most of the break.

“It’s important because the load and the pressure is always unbelievably high in this league for the lads,” he said. “We haven’t had a proper training session together for weeks because we always have to separate into small groups. 

“Right now, it’s important to calm the loads for the next two days down and to have a really good and proper training week where we can work on a few topics. It will be another three games in six days so we need a little bit of a rest right now, that’s important.”

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