Farke on what needs to happen now for Championship-bound City
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Daniel Farke expects a busy summer at Norwich City but will demand to see some pride over the Premier League run in, after he conceded the game is up in the Canaries’ relegation fight following defeat to Brighton.
City’s 1-0 defeat on Saturday, the fourth since top-flight football resumed, means a return to the Championship is likely to be confirmed in the coming days.
Farke then predicts a turnover to a squad on course for the club’s lowest points total in the Premier League – but he has a more pressing immediate concern ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Watford.
“I want to see pride, I want to see a responsibility to wear the yellow shirt and also what it means to be a professional. To stick together, to go and attack the games.
“We will not try things for the future in these five matches.
“We will have a pre-season, even if it is a short one, and probably a different set of players. But for now there will be no gifts. I will go with the line up I feel is the best to win these next games.
“I won’t be sticking out the under-23s side.
“It is not a stage for next season and my thoughts are not on the summer break.
“It takes enough energy to lead this group when they are so disappointed to keep going. We need to make sure in these last five games we can deliver performances to get some points.
“For me 70% to 80% of the work in my role is man management and to ensure the group remain focused on one target. That is not easy when you have maybe 30 lads to all be on the same page, to fight with unity and spirit and togetherness. That is not easy when they are competing against each other to be in that starting line up.
“When you lose games that is more complicated. I was not happy with our intensity at Arsenal. With their quality they will always beat us if we don’t invest more in terms of spirit and intensity.
“I felt we showed that against Brighton. It doesn’t mean you win games but I want this in the last five games.”
Farke felt his side’s misfiring Brighton defeat summed up the season, with Timm Klose’s wayward pass punished by the Seagulls and then a toothless offering up front until Adam Idah’s header struck a post in stoppage time.
“I don’t want to blame Timm Klose. I am happy to have him back after a long break. If he makes some mistakes we have to accept this after so long out,” said Farke.
“Timm has a big personality within the dressing room and he knows himself he was too greedy with that pass and then it was the wrong reaction to step in. He got a bit over-excited, but no blame.
“Brighton had perhaps two chances and they could score. That shows quality and efficiency. We put six or seven good crosses into the box in the second half.
“I was a striker and my heart was bleeding because you think there must be someone who smells and anticipates this situation and is there on the first post to have an easy tap in. We didn’t show enough of that quality.
“We have to be honest, we haven’t shown enough quality in too many games.”