‘I am here to win for my football club’ - Bullish Farke plots fightback

Daniel Farke is backing Norwich City to respond this weekend at Leicester City 
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Daniel Farke is backing Norwich City to respond this weekend at Leicester City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke accepts scrutiny comes with the Premier League territory but never question the attitude of his Norwich City players.

The Canaries face a daunting trip to second-placed Leicester City on Saturday, after frustrating league defeats to Southampton and Sheffield United.

City had their moments in both games but were punished for defensive lapses to remain four points from safety.

"It doesn't have anything to do with attitude.

"It is about being switched on in the key areas," said Farke. "It was not a situation we were tactically outplayed, or we didn't have enough bodies in our own box. We prepared the team for those type of situations to make them aware they have to be switched on.

"To concede in the manner we did was unbelievably disappointing.

"You feel this disappointment for one or two days. I am not here to be entertained or even enjoy a game. I am here to win for my football club. Sheffield was a great chance, with a win, to be back in the mix.

"We were greedy for the win and we could have been 2-0, 3-0 up at half-time. Then we conceded two bad goals and it was a bit of a shock for my young side who were struggling with the nerves. We had everything in our hands at the start of the second half.

"Then we make two big mistakes. That would test even an experienced side."

Farke has enough on his plate this weekend trying to subdue James Maddison's Foxes without worrying about another potential VAR episode, after more talking points in the Blades' defeat.

Chris Basham's red card over-rule, for a lunging challenge on Kenny McLean, was the first time this season in the Premier League the technology had been used to overturn the referee's onfield call.

"To check every goal and every key decision takes the emotion out of the game. You can't celebrate a goal," said Farke. "There was an incident in a Leicester game when they scored in the last minute and had to wait to celebrate.

"That is strange. It feels like it needs four or five minutes to decide even on an offside. We had two VAR scenes with four minutes each, some substitutions, some goals and some time-wasting and only six minutes were added.

"My feeling at the time was probably 20 minutes was fair. But you can't end up with 110-minute games."

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