Daniel Farke dedicates Norwich City’s battling Bramall Lane win to the away fans
PUBLISHED: 07:15 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:45 18 September 2017
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Daniel Farke dedicated Norwich City’s backs-to-the-wall Championship win at Sheffield United to the long-suffering away fans.
The Canaries’ travelling support had watched Farke’s side crash to embarrassing league defeats at Aston Villa and Millwall but Yanic Wildschut’s Bramall Lane strike clinched only a third victory in the last 21 away trips.
City are on the road again on Tuesday, in a League Cup trip to Brentford, but head south buoyed by picking up seven points from nine and three consecutive clean sheets.
“It was a brilliant week for us,” said Farke. “We all remember the situation seven days before was really not so easy to handle it. Now we have seven points from nine and three clean sheets with a good game against an opponent in a good shape. It is important for the table, for our self-confidence and the togetherness. It was a great day for our club. We are trying to change things and this was an important step.
“They are football players and they had this feeling at the end how big a win it was. When they celebrate together with the fans, who were unbelievable again, you can feel that togetherness. That is good. I am happy for the away fans we were able to give them something.”
Farke admitted City were on the back foot for long spells against the Blades.
“In such a really emotional atmosphere to stand together, especially in the second half when the game lasts 98 minutes, was great,” he said. “It helps a lot in terms of the confidence, attitude and fighting attitude. A really important win. You could feel it in each and every second. It was really close. We deserved to be leading in the first half. We had the two or three better chances and that allowed us to sit a little bit deeper in the second half on tactical terms and to concentrate on defending and try to counter. For sure, it helped a lot to get the first goal.
“In the second half I would prefer to have more possession and to determine the outcome a little earlier in our counter actions but we didn’t. Sheffield had to invest everything in attacking and taking more risks and we had to control it without possession. I don’t think they had a clear chance in the second half. I got the feeling we were able to control it with our defending but we didn’t score the second goal so we had to defend until the last second.”