‘It feels like an old fairytale, it was that long ago’ - Daniel Farke up for another Bramall Lane epic
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Daniel Farke is out to share the love and avoid another explosive Battle of Bramall Lane on Saturday with his Sheffield United rival Chris Wilder.
The Blades' boss insisted in the build up a fractious 1-0 Championship defeat in Yorkshire last season was now water under the bridge, ahead of this weekend's next episode.
Farke admitted he has huge respect for the job Wilder has done with his boyhood club, but is adamant the Canaries will not take a backward step.
'The game last season was special and crucial for us,' he said.
'We had a period before where we were struggling to defend and in an emotional atmosphere we were really solid, really concentrated in our last row. We denied all their chances.
'That was good for our self-confidence to have 30,000 against us and we were rebellious and withstood that aggressiveness and intensity and showed we can also be nasty and keep a clean sheet.
'That was important for the run we went on after that game.'
Wilder accused Farke's side of gamesmanship in a feisty affair 12 months ago, and launched an astonishing broadside at City's coach driver after the visitors were delayed in traffic.
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'It feels like an old fairytale, it was that long ago,' said the City head coach. 'I have had many meetings with Chris since the game up there. I can remember he drank a beer and I had some water.
'All okay, all quite relaxed.
'We spoke immediately after the away game, maybe one or two days after. He called me and it was very relaxed. I am looking forward to having another drink with him after this game.
'We won up there and he had the feeling they should have had some points and was angry.
'At our place I was the one who felt we should have won the game and perhaps they had the luck that time around and I was angry.
'I appreciate his work. I think he is doing extraordinary work.
'It is always pretty annoying and difficult to play them and that is a credit to him.
'They are difficult to defend against, played a good season last season, and they have made some really good signings. I am full of respect for him, and he is pretty crucial for the Blades.
'We travel with respect for Chris and Sheffield United but we want to win the points.'