Daniel Farke: Another good test and an important step – News
Daniel Farke described Norwich City’s friendly 1-0 victory over Lincoln City on Tuesday afternoon as “another good test and a milestone” in the preseason.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk at the Lotus Training Center after the game, the boss provided an honest assessment of the game.
“Two wins in two games is always good, even with a clean sheet, but I felt like today was a bit difficult day at the office,” he said. “We played against a good team which is ambitious and which has quality compared to our first game.
“We controlled the first half, had good possession and created some solid chances, but we missed a few too many. In the second half we moved the ball a bit too slowly and struggled to create more chances against a well-structured defensive opponent.
“In the end, we found the winner and it’s always good to win a football match and go back to the locker room with a clean sheet. When you’re having a rough day, you need to make sure you’re efficient, winning the game, and strong in defending your own goal.
“It’s not like I’m over the moon after this game and dancing on the table, but it was another good test and a big milestone.”
Ultimately, the game was decided by new recruit Pierre Lees-Melou, and Farke was keen to discuss his impact on the game.
“Even in his first few minutes you could see his experience and quality as a player who has played many matches at the highest level with top class teammates for a good club in a good league,” he said. declared.
“It was a perfect situation that he ended. We know he’s good at long distance and those shots can decide a game. This was one of the reasons we were so eager to sign it. It’s good to have it and have it available to play.
Two out of two wins means Farke can be happy with his team’s progress in the preseason so far, without reading the results too much.
“In the pre-season, it is important not to overinterpret the results. There can be crazy results and the lower tier teams can win against the better teams, so every win is precious.
“They were very motivated and played very aggressively and competitively, which is good because we need that type of test. We have to keep going and it’s a good feeling to have those first two wins under our belt.
“I’m pretty happy with the workload, which is incredibly high for the guys, but I have to say that the spirit of the group is already very good. Even the new guys have adjusted quite well and are working hard.
“Yes, it’s a bit disturbing that not all players are available. I hope very soon that our players who are now in rehabilitation like Ben Gibson, Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean or Sam Byram will join us.
“Teemu Pukki and Tim Krul can hopefully join us soon and be available for games, just like Onel Hernandez.
“Overall that’s what you expect in the pre-season after EUROs. I’m pretty happy but there is still a lot of work to be done.
“These are the types of tests that are really important. Lincoln is not a Premier League level team but has the ambition to play in the league next season. They have a good team and it will be the same with Huddersfield.
“They are not Man City or Liverpool, but a good team and we have to improve day by day. It is not easy to deliver your best performances every three days. I expect a tough test, but we want to win the game and take the next steps forward. “