‘We knew we could hurt them’ - Bolton boss reveals how he plotted Norwich City’s downfall

Daniel Farke came off second best at Bolton. 
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Daniel Farke came off second best at Bolton. Picture: Russell Hart/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke insists Norwich City must ride out the Championship rollercoaster.

The Canaries limped into the international break on the back of three straight league defeats after a tame 2-1 loss at struggling Bolton.

Farke is adamant they will respond in positive fashion after hauling themselves out of a tailspin earlier this season.

“We have been flying and now this is a tough time,” he said. “About eight or 10 days ago we were brilliant and have nearly beaten Arsenal.

“We feel we are in a good shape but we have to keep performing.

“It is important to stop a bad run very quickly. The Championship is a rollercoaster.

“We have to be awake at all times in defending situations but we were not in two situations against Bolton.

“It is really frustrating. I am really annoyed we have lost this game.

“We couldn’t see this coming. We had everything under control at the start, we dominated the ball, created loads of chances and we were not effective enough. Bolton had two situations and scored two goals.

“It was pretty easy for us to defend these situations.”

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Bolton boss Phil Parkinson revealed he targeted City’s vulnerable flanks to seal only a second home league victory of a tough season.

“We knew that Norwich were a good football team who could keep the ball, we knew we could hurt them in wide areas and when we got our chances, we took them,” he said.

“We did start a bit slowly – in the first 15/20 minutes, Norwich looked bright, although perhaps more mentally than physically, and we weren’t switched on.

“It was important for us, it really was. We’ve taken nine points from the last five games which is a really good return and it’s the first time that we’ve headed into an international break off the back of a win.

“It was a very professional performance, in terms of how we managed the game and saw it through.

Obviously we are disappointed to have conceded in the last minute because the concentration levels have got to be there until the ref blows the final whistle.

“It was frustrating for us, but I don’t want that to take the gloss off what has been a great day for us.”

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