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Daniel Farke: We’ve achieved something extraordinary

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke was in high spirits despite Saturday’s 3-1 loss at home to AFC Bournemouth, as the Canaries were promoted to the Premier League earlier in the day.

"Of course we returned to the dressing room disappointed with a loss," he said. "We were buzzing during the afternoon after we were promoted so no-one can take my good mood away today. We’ve achieved something extraordinary and written another chapter of Norwich City history.

"What these lads have done is outstanding, especially during a season when we played in empty stadiums. Carrow Road should be fully packed and playing without our supporters next to us is difficult to change the mindset from losing games to a winning mentality.

"No other team has responded with direct promotion after relegation. We’ve developed a lot as a club in the last two years and we go up in a better position. The lads deserve all the praise and celebrations tonight.

"First of all, let’s enjoy the moment a bit and not be too concerned about the next step. We’ll worry about this topic when there’s time. Right now, we are promoted and you can’t promote twice in a season so the main topic is done.

"The lads will deserve to crown themselves with a title and I’m not sure if any club has delivered this two times in a row on Championship level. It would be a great achievement with record seasons for the club so we’re greedy to do this."

Asked for a message to the Norwich supporters, who were the one piece of the jigsaw missing this season, Farke wanted to dedicate promotion to all City fans.

"It’s completely different, it’s strange and we’re all unbelievably disappointed [that fans couldn't be in the stadium]. We want to dedicate this promotion to the supporters because it’s been such a difficult year during this pandemic in all topics for health, family, friends, financial impact, the future… In addition, they weren’t allowed to do what they love most - to be with us at Carrow Road and away games to celebrate with us.

"We hope we were able to cheer them up a bit and bring some joy into their hearts and souls during the season with promoting back to the Premier League and hopefully the title."

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