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Revenge? Emi Buendia doesn’t know where QPR is

PUBLISHED: 19:37 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:44 21 September 2018

Marco Stiepermann has emerged as key figure in Norwich City's upturn 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Marco Stiepermann has emerged as key figure in Norwich City's upturn Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City’s Championship trip to QPR marked one of Daniel Farke’s darkest days in the job – but revenge is not on the menu at Loftus Road.

Farke insists a 4-1 hammering last season has left no visible scars or provides extra motivation to extend the Canaries’ four-match unbeaten run.

“When I think about my starting line-up at Reading we have Todd Cantwell, who was not involved, Emi Buendia, he doesn’t know where QPR is, Teemu Pukki, was probably thinking more about winter sport. Marco Stiepermann, last year, was probably injured,” said Farke. “We played more with James Maddison, I think Nelson Oliveira was in the striker role, Josh Murphy played as well.

“They are all away now. Ian Holloway was the coach, a different personality in comparison to Steve McClaren.

“In general terms, it can’t be about revenge. We can’t repair that loss, it was last season. They are a different side now playing in a different style. We are just concentrated on travelling back with some points.

“They had a pretty poor start to the season, but they have 10 points from the last four league games and won in the cup. They are in form, no doubt, and will play with lots of self confidence. We are also in a good shape, the last four games, we win three and draw one. Both of us create a bit of momentum. They might have a small advantage with being at home for two games in a row.”

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Steve McClaren’s methods appear to be working after a dodgy start at QPR, in a side captained by German import and one-time Norwich target, Toni Leistner.

“Since I arrived here in Norfolk, many, many German players are linked,” said Farke. “I know Toni Leistner. He was one of the best defenders in Bundesliga 2 and is still a really good age and already crucial for QPR.

“That is a sign of his character and quality. We know Toni is a good player. You can’t work with all the players in the world. I am totally happy with my central defenders and don’t want to change anything.

“I am full of respect for McClaren’s work. We have never met before but all I have heard about his personality is that he is a gentleman. When I analyse the (QPR) games you can see the improvement and that is a good sign for the coach.

“It is too early to judge in which direction they will head. Four weeks ago it would have been a harsh judgement. He has brought some success in the last weeks and we are full of respect for his career and all his experiences abroad.”

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