Farke reveals plan to get City going

Daniel Farke has thinking to do after Norwich City slipped to the bottom of the table following defeat to Watford 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke has thinking to do after Norwich City slipped to the bottom of the table following defeat to Watford Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke is pressing the reset button on Norwich City's Premier League season - after delivering some home truths.

The majority of the Canaries' squad not away on international duty will have to face the music at Colney, as Farke plots a response from hitting rock bottom of the table and four points from safety.

City went into the break on the back of a seventh winless league game after gifting fellow strugglers Watford their first victory of the Premier League campaign.

"The break helps us to get some key players back after injury and my feeling is almost now, 'Right, the season starts for us then,' because we have all the crucial lads back," said Farke, with Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley soon to be in contention after lay-offs.

"That doesn't mean the players who have been on the pitch for us are not capable of winning.

"We will speak during the next days about these mistakes.

"I will be strict and I will be honest because we can't keep going on and producing these errors.

"Then we must back the guys. The mentality was good, the spirit on the pitch was good, they invested everything. I liked those aspects but we need to cut out this individual behaviour.

"Of course the confidence and the self-belief takes a hit. There is no replacement for wins. That is the situation you have to face. You can't complain about injuries or fate, in these moments you have to push out your chest, which is not so easy for a young side.

"That is why I am annoyed. It is not the fact we lost on this level again but Watford was a game we could win and take a big step into the international break."

Mario Vrancic's return in a second half cameo on Friday night was one of the few bright spots after an injury-hit campaign, and Farke suggested the Bosnian's availability meant there was no place for Moritz Leitner in the 18.

"Just due to our competition for a place on the bench," said Farke, with loanee Patrick Roberts again omitted.

"We had two defensive options in (Ibrahim) Amadou and (Sam) Byram, two offensive options in (Dennis) Srbeny and (Josip) Drmic and that leaves two midfield options, and we decided to have Mario and Todd Cantwell for those positions."

Drmic will continue to be assessed by City's medical staff over the first part of the international break after pulling out of the Swiss squad.

Farke felt there might be an ankle issue when he conducted his post-match media, in the immediate aftermatch on Friday night, but the pictures apeared to show the striker clutching his right hamstring area, after pulling up sharply in the second half of the 2-0 defeat.

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