Daniel Farke brushes off latest Chris Wilder flashpoint following touchline dash
Daniel Farke insisted he had no issue with Chris Wilder’s antics, after Norwich City slipped to a painful 2-1 stoppage-time Championship defeat at Sheffield United.
Wilder ran the length of the touchline to celebrate Billy Sharp’s 93rd-minute winner, before words appeared to be exchanged between the two staffs at the final whistle.
Farke sought to play down the incident, after Wilder had previously accused City of gamesmanship in a spicy Bramall Lane clash 12 months ago.
“For myself, I had no argument and no problem,” said Farke. “I was watching the game and even though it is tough to take in the way we conceded it is quite normal there are some emotions in the final seconds.
“I won’t comment any further. I was fine. I congratulated Chris.”
Wilder was unapologetic after his side’s dramatic first home league win of the season.
“I am living it, 24/7, for the past two years. I don’t have to apologise to anybody for the way I act and I behave. It is my club, my team, my players,” he said.
“It has been a tough couple of weeks, because we haven’t started in the manner we wanted, but testament to the character of the players.
“I am not going to apologise for anything.
“It wasn’t anything against their manager. He is a good guy, I have talked about that. It is the elation of being involved at this football club and scoring a last-minute winner.
“It’s a brilliant feeling, you’ve got to enjoy it, I think I got halfway up the Kop at one stage and scared a few people. A few people, including the wife, looked at me like I’d lost the plot and it took me 30 minutes to calm down, but that’s what you are in football for, moments like that.”
Wilder had the last laugh on those travelling supporters who taunted him during the second half at Bramall Lane.
“The Norwich punters gave me some stick during the game but I don’t care about that,” he said. “Although it’ll probably be spicy when we go down their later in the season.
“We have had some cruel results over the last 12 months at Bramall Lane so this was a role reversal. We have won a tight game against a talented team with good technical players but I felt the best chances fell our way.
“To see your captain score a winner in the 94th minute is special. We were on the floor last season when Bristol City did it to us, when Aston Villa did it to us. We knew the quality they have on the counter what can happen, but I felt it was two evenly matched clubs.
“They have some very good players and from the reports we got they were unlucky in the first two games. I like the two centre backs, the lad (Ben) Marshall and Jordan Rhodes showed what he is about.”