Dropping Nelson Oliveira all in a day’s work for Daniel Farke
PUBLISHED: 14:22 24 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 24 February 2018
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Watch Nelson Oliveira go is Daniel Farke’s hunch after the Norwich City striker broke his goal drought in fine style.
The Portugal international’s first goal in 12 games was a memorable one, with his dipping long-range strike salvaging a late midweek point at Wolves.
City head coach Daniel Farke opted to demote Oliveira from his starting line-up at Molineux, but the German is tipping his main man to stay on the goal trail.
“Nelson knows I trust him a lot and support him,” he said.
“We have a really good relationship. He knows there was criticism in the last few weeks about his lack of goals but I always praised him and spoke about his workload.
“It is normal perhaps supporters who do not see the training or even each and every minute of the games feel it is time to make a change when a striker has not scored for so long.
“I felt at Wolves it might allow him to come on when the opponent is exhausted.
“No, it wasn’t (a difficult conversation). All the players have to accept they can be on the bench. He is no different. When you have so many games it is quite normal.
“I remember during the Christmas period at Burton we had James Maddison and Alex Pritchard on the bench and then they came in for the next game at home to Millwall and we were able to win the game through them.
“Josh Murphy has been on the bench and then come on and scored.
“Nelson had to accept it, and when the reaction is coming on and scoring in the manner he did that is what you want to see.”
Oliveira’s stoppage-time effort appeared to squirm under former City keeper John Ruddy - and Farke insisted his frontman was due a slice of fortune.
“That is the life of a striker,” he said.
“There can be a brilliant save, you hit the post or the bar or a good goal is disallowed for offside. He hit the post at Brentford in an outstanding performance. You just have to force it without being too greedy.
“To be there in the last minute, and be so concentrated to score from 35 yards – maybe even a bit of luck with John Ruddy not saving the shot – it can only help the self-confidence.
“I was not concerned during his period without scoring.
“We don’t expect him now to be there with four goals against Bolton. I just want him to keep working hard for the team and whether he scores or not, the team wins.”
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