The numbers that prove Farke can haul City to safety

Daniel Farke has plotted a route to safety before in his coaching career 
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Daniel Farke has plotted a route to safety before in his coaching career Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke knows what it takes to pull off a ‘little miracle’ in Norwich City’s Premier League relegation fight – because he has done it before.

City's 0-0 Premier League draw at Newcastle United left them seven points from safety with Liverpool up next the other side of the mid-winter break.

Farke plotted a surprise Championship title win last season but the Norwich boss has also experienced relegation battles earlier in his coaching career.

His six-year stint at SV Lippstadt was notable for a remarkable survival success, where he won nine and drew one of the last 10 games of the season to keep his old club up.

"I have lifted a title three times so I know how to win a league. But when I took over at Dortmund we were two points below the relegation line and I have been involved in fights like this before," he said, speaking ahead of the Magpies' stalemate. "You learn from every situation. Probably the only time I have had a solid season, in the middle of the table, was my first one in England.

Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki can't hide his disappointment at the final whistle after a 0-0 draw at Newcastle Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City striker Teemu Pukki can't hide his disappointment at the final whistle after a 0-0 draw at Newcastle Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

"The Premier League brings more attention of course but to have gone through these type of experiences can only help.

"When you are the underdog you can chase instead of feeling unbelievable pressure. We are highly motivated to stay in this league. Now we have this gap to close, we need wins."

Norwich mustered 20 shots on goal at St James' Park but Teemu Pukki's off day summed up another frustrating top flight outing.

"We are not naïve," said Farke. "We know it is coming to the end and more difficult each week to close the gap. important we keep going with these performances and let's see where we are. The table will take care of itself.

"We just want to make those who follow us proud of the yellow shirt and if we go further on in this way no one should be anything but proud. We can't bake or paint results. We can deliver performances.

"With a win we would have been right back in the mix. We just want keep giving ourselves chances to win games. We are an attacking side. We don't praise ourselves for keeping a clean sheet.

"Although we have a young side, with not the highest individual quality, we want to work on this miracle. We know it is possible because we can deliver this level of performance."

Farke knows a season struggling at the bottom is a test of his players' resolve.

"If you are playing in the top division or the seventh, it is the same, man management is harder when you are not winning games. This is when you get to see the character and personality of the group," he said. "We proved it last season and I feel we have proved it this time around. It takes more energy because it is more complicated when you do not win games.

"When you don't play or don't win the players have to answer questions from family, agents, 50,000 followers on instagram, or whatever.

"We have worked on this topic and for me the togetherness and spirit is as good as any team. Hopefully we get the payback."

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