Pressure? Farke would rather play City's hand against Watford

PUBLISHED: 07:52 08 November 2019 | UPDATED: 07:52 08 November 2019

Daniel Farke insists Norwich City is the underdogs against Watford Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke insists Norwich City is the underdogs against Watford Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke feels the pressure is all on winless Watford in Friday's Premier League tussle at Carrow Road.

The Canaries have failed to win any of their previous six but last season's FA Cup finalists prop up the table and replaced former boss Javi Gracia earlier this season.

"It's a settled Premier League side, without any doubt, and they are in a worse position than us," said Farke. "When you're a settled Premier League side, when you reached the cup final, when you are able to spend that much money in the market then against a newly-promoted side still struggling with injuries, yes, I think the pressure should be on them. That is not for me to judge.

"They have an experienced coach, they have experienced players so they should be able to handle this pressure. I don't see it as an advantage for us if people think they are going to be scared.

"We know they have key players available again after injury. It's a big boost for them and for that it will be difficult without doubt."

Hornets' talisman Troy Deeney is back in the mix following knee surgery, along with mega-money summer signing Ismaila Sarr. Against those odds, Farke is calling on the Carrow Road crowd to help tip the balance.

"I know a period like this is difficult for supporters, with many setbacks and disappointments," he said. "I mentioned last week how my players have to be like a hoover salesmen. I also want this mentality from the fans.

"We have all stuck together so much in the last couple of years to get these amazing games in this big league. We must value this and enjoy this and also stick together.

"Watford were able to spend £30m on one player. Since I have been in charge for three seasons we have not spent anywhere near that on the whole squad.

"I'm not jealous, they are a settled Premier League club, but it just shows the difference in opportunities.

"Even though we are above them in the table and they're not in the best position we are still the underdog. I know our supporters understand this.

"They have a great sense of what this team needs, that these lads always leave their heart out on the pitch.

"Yes, it is up to the players to deliver a performance to cheer them up but I'm also quite sure they will back us and be behind us. We need that at Carrow Road."

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