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Daniel Farke: We have to be prepared for another battle

11 April 2019

Daniel Farke said his squad will be travelling to Wigan full of confidence as 5,000 Canary fans make the long journey to cheer them on.

Speaking at today’s press conference, the City boss said they had reflected on Wednesday night’s draw against Reading and know they are still in a brilliant position having gone nine games unbeaten.

Farke said: “To have 25 points out of a possible 27 points is outstanding and top class, I just can’t praise the lads enough.

“Our performance [against Reading] in general was really good. I wouldn’t say it was our best game but in many, many topics, it was really good. The commitment, desire, how we were able to stay disciplined although we were back for a big period of the game was outstanding and the ability to be able to turn the game with too late goals was great.

"Of course we were disappointed after the final whistle because when you concede an equaliser in the 97th minute of extra time it is disappointing. Normally the next day is even worse but when I woke up this morning I was in a much better mood because I watched the game back immediately after the match and in the whole context of the situation we are still in a brilliant position.”

City will play in the last Championship match of the weekend with a 12pm kick-off on Sunday at the DW Stadium.

Despite sitting just above the relegation zone, Wigan have a good home record and have conceded only 19 goals in 20 home games.

Farke said: “We realised yesterday how difficult it’s to play against a side who has nothing to lose against the league leaders and fighting with a knife between their teeth in order to get something out of the game.

“On Sunday we will face a side who is in a home game so the crowd will try to help them and they have a pretty decent home record and when you regard the quality of the players also a decent side.

"They were in a pretty good position more or less during 70% of the season and there was a bit of a dip in results in recent weeks and for that they slipped a bit away in the table but they proved there is lots of potential and I’m pretty sure they will be desperate to get something out of this game.

“We have to be prepared for another battle and another difficult task and to be really, really respectful especially in an away game at Wigan. No task is easy and we are looking forward to having the next challenge and we are travelling full of confidence.”

Twenty-five coaches will be leaving Carrow Road at 5am on Sunday morning and Farke said the support will help motivate his team even further.

“To have this unity and spirit and you felt it yesterday after the goals that it was more like an explosion at Carrow Road," Farke said. 

“We are playing with such a young side and to have this support and togetherness with our fans is pretty unique and special and also important for the mood and extra movivaiton of the players.

"We are looking forward to playing in this away game in front of a yellow wall and it’s amazing for such a long away trip and the early kick off, especially as they have to leave Norwich so early in the morning, so we are unbelievably thankful and proud."

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City come from behind to salvage a point at Wigan

14 April 2019

An 80th minute goal from Teemu Pukki salvaged a point for City at the DW Stadium after a penalty put Wigan ahead in the first half.

Reece James netted the spot kick for the Lactics in the 45th minute after the referee blew for hand ball in the box.

The Canaries spent the second half searching for a way back into the game, and a brilliant ball from Kenny McLean to Pukki gave City the goal they needed with 10 minutes to go.

Daniel Farke stuck with the same squad who drew 2-2 with Reading midweek, with Emi Buendia still suspended.

An early chance came for City with Onel Hernandez cutting the ball back across goal to Todd Cantwell who tapped it into the path of Teemu Pukki. However, his effort was blocked on the line and cleared away.

Play was pretty even between both sides for the next 10 minutes, with Norwich dominating possession but with no real chances falling for either team.

The first chance of the half for Wigan came 20 minutes in with a good run from Gavin Massey down the right. The Lactics player made it past a sliding tackle from Christoph Zimmermann and put the ball across the box from a tight angle under pressure from Ben Godfrey, but there were no Wigan players waiting to see it home.

Moments later captain Samy Morsy went for goal from distance, but his strike went wide of City’s near post.

Wigan continued to put pressure on City’s defence and were awarded a free-kick on the left of the Norwich goal after Morsy was fouled by Cantwell. Reece James whipped the ball into the box where Leon Clarke got his head to it, but he nodded it just wide.

The Canaries continued to be patient working the ball forwards and with 35 minutes gone Marco Stiepermann played a great pass across goal which looked destined for Pukki to power home, but the Finn couldn’t get a touch on it.

At the other end, Tim Krul was forced into action as Lee Evans headed powerfully at goal, but the Norwich stopper did well to dive and smother the ball. Another chance came for the hosts with a strike from Kal Naismith, which was deflected wide for a corner.

Just ahead of the break, Wigan were awarded a penalty as a Morsy strike was blocked by a City arm. James took the spot kick and found the bottom left corner just past Krul’s reach to give them the lead.

Norwich came out looking for an early equaliser working the ball through to Hernandez who shot low. Pukki looked to pounce on the rebound but the Wigan defence quickly closed him down.

At the other end, James hit a strong effort from distance which flew just over the crossbar and above Krul’s reach.

Just ahead of the 60-minute mark two more chances came for City, with Christian Walton forced to parry away Pukki’s low short for a corner. Tom Trybull then got on the end of a McLean cross, but he headed over.

Wigan made a good break with Leon Clarke racing down the pitch and past the last City defender. Krul made the run out to meet him and got a crucial touch on the ball as Clarke looked to chip it over him, pushing it round the post and out for a corner.

Wigan were awarded a free-kick just outside the box after Zimmermann made a late challenge on Massey. James took the set piece, but his strike sailed inches over City’s bar.

The hosts made a double substitution at 72 minutes with Josh Windass on for Gavin Massey and Nick Powell on for Naismith.

Farke then made a triple change, with Mario Vrancic replacing Trybull, Moritz Leitner on for Jamal Lewis and Jordan Rhodes on for Cantwell.

Minutes later and City went level. McLean fed Pukki who slotted it underneath Walton to bring the Canaries back into the game.

Norwich ranked up the pressure and won three successive corners with Leitner curling each into the box, but the Wigan defence dealt with each attack.

City kept putting the ball in the box and Rhodes managed to get his head to the ball to bring it down for Vrancic to strike, but his shot was blocked and again Wigan cleared it away.

Wigan thought they had scored the winner with Clarke finding the back of the net 94 minutes in, but he was flagged offside. 

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