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‘We had some lads with tears in their eyes’ - Daniel Farke salutes Norwich City’s braves after plotting a 2-0 Birmingham City win

PUBLISHED: 22:09 26 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:49 27 December 2017

Josh Murphy sealed Norwich City's 2-0 Championship win at Birmingham. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Josh Murphy sealed Norwich City's 2-0 Championship win at Birmingham. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Daniel Farke insisted Norwich City’s 2-0 Championship win at Birmingham City was a testament to his young Canaries.

Farke set himself up as the fall guy for Friday’s 2-1 home defeat to Brentford that provoked anger from sections of the Carrow Road support.

But the head coach opted to deflect the credit after making five changes to his line up to plot the Blues’ Boxing Day downfall at St Andrews.

Alex Pritchard and Josh Murphy scored in each half to pick up only a second win in the last 12 games.

“When there is a bad result the fans should criticise the coach. That helps to take the pressure from the young lads,” he said.

“When you win, all the credit and applause goes to them.

“You have to lead the group.

“I was annoyed with the first half against Brentford but especially for the young lads it is important to show trust. After that game we had some lads with tears in their eyes in the dressing room.

“They were so motivated and not able to bring their normal game.

“It is hard when there are boos. We have such a young group, maybe the last few games one of the youngest in the whole Championship. This league is like a rollercoaster and when they are criticised you have to be there for them.

“We had to remind them we have not been so bad in the last four or five games.”

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