'They will try to get under our skin' - Farke braced for Millwall onslaught
PUBLISHED: 09:20 02 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:20 02 March 2019
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Setting the Championship record straight is not on Daniel Farke’s agenda as Norwich City aim to take a step closer the Premier League today at Millwall.
Farke makes a first return to The Den since enduring one of his darkest days in charge of the Canaries, when they were hammered 4-0 in only his fifth Championship game.
That early humbling signalled the end of the line for Russell Martin and Marcel Franke, plus the arrival of Grant Hanley, and a recall for Alex Tettey.
“No, it was not a wake-up call. It is important as a coach you are willing to learn each and every day,” he said. “Even if you work in a league for 10 years you do not know everything and you can change your views, learn and improve.
“Of course it was a key moment last season. After that game we had some big changes in the squad, we had the international break and we then got some key players back. It was a sign how difficult The Den is.
“There is always a special atmosphere, a spicy atmosphere, and you have to be prepared to deal with this if you want to win points. You can’t compare then and now. Our squad is completely different.
“Just perhaps Mario (Vrancic) was the only player who was involved more or less 18 months ago. So much has changed.”
What remains the same is Millwall’s fighting spirit, as they look to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle.
“They will try to get under our skin and break our rhythm, be physical and try to impose their game on us,” said Farke. “We know this. We will have to be at our best in order to win points.
“They might have lost the last two league games but before that they conceded once in four games. They have experienced, physical players so you know the danger from set pieces.
“You have to dominate the game, in terms of possession, to move the last row high and keep them as far away as possible from your goal.
“We travel with self-confidence but we need to be switched on.
“As league leaders the home crowd will be incredibly motivated because it is a chance to change the mood. You have to be mentally strong to handle this. You can’t avoid all the long balls so you will have to win headers and second balls.
“That is not our natural game but we must be prepared for it.
“We need to be on the front foot.”