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‘We want to be on the front foot again’ – Midfield dominance has been key to City’s upturn

Marco Stiepermann has played a key role in Norwich City's midfield dominating possession higher up the pitch in recent games Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Marco Stiepermann has played a key role in Norwich City's midfield dominating possession higher up the pitch in recent games Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Midfield dominance has been the key to Norwich City’s upturn in Championship form, says head coach Daniel Farke.

The Canaries have deservedly beaten Middlesbrough, Reading and QPR since the international break, before a rejigged team made it four wins on the spin with a 4-3 cup thriller at Wycombe in midweek.

It’s back to league action today though, as Wigan Athletic head for Carrow Road after a good start to the season.

“I got the feeling that we were controlling the games,” Farke said. “In a difficult game against Middlesbrough, we were totally dominating this side with more possession and we didn’t allow them with all their tall men to join us in our half, they had to defend in their own half and that was important.

“And the same at QPR, I don’t think there was one team in this season so far who was able to dominate possession at Loftus Road – and not possession just in our half, we were dominating in the half of QPR and for that we put lots of pressure on them.

“So I got the impression that in the midfield we were dominating the last games in the league and the cup, and it is always crucial that you dominate the centre of the game.

“And it will be an important topic for Saturday as well because, especially in this area. Wigan have been there with some really good performances and have some real quality players in this area of the pitch. But we want to be on the front foot again and that’s our task.”

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Farke is not concerned about complacency becoming an issue for his players either following their four-game winning streak, due to the narrow margins of victory.

“I get the feeling that we are all aware,” he added. “We have experienced lads, even the young lads, they know how close the Championship is and that you have to fight for each and every point in each and every game.

“Although we were there with really good performances in the last games, the result was still close so there was not an easy win after 60 minutes or whatever, we had to fight right until the last second, even in the cup game (at Wycombe). So for that we are aware that we always have to be there with 100 percent performance to win points.”

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