Farke strikes a deal with Norwich City fans
PUBLISHED: 10:16 17 August 2019 | UPDATED: 23:44 17 August 2019
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Daniel Farke has delivered Premier League football to Carrow Road but warns it will take Norwich City’s fans to play a full part in keeping it there next season.
The injury-hit Canaries host Newcastle United on Saturday striving for points to go with the positives from a second-half fightback against Liverpool.
Farke knows the home fans are already firmly on message when it comes to understanding the size of the task this season for the newly-promoted club.
"You have to enjoy these moments. The first Premier League game at Carrow Road for a few years and our supporters deserve to be there and in a good mood," he said. "But we have to all learn a bit of patience at this level.
"Maybe it is the small price you must pay for being promoted. We were so entertaining, we scored goals for fun and had so many home wins and last season it was like if we were not in the lead after 10 or 15 minutes, okay you have to step up now.
"In each game at this higher level, home and away, we must learn we are playing in the best league in the world. We need to stick together.
"We have to put the disappointment of the injuries to one side. That is no excuse. I don't want to complain too much. I trust the players who we have right now to deliver."
The City chief is keen to harness the underdog spirit on home soil.
"There will be difficult periods when we are not able to create chances. In those moments it is vital the players do not lose their nerve," he said. "They have to be mentally strong and accept their will be some mistakes and losses of the ball.
"The message is the same for our fans but to be honest I already have this feeling they will support us. The fans are so crucial. Even without injury problems we are the underdog in every game. We know we have to play this one without key players, and even guys like Alex Tettey and Mario Vrancic are just coming back from injury.
"We want to get off the mark against Newcastle.
"It would be so important for the confidence, the self-confidence and the mood. We can take lots of positives out of the Liverpool game, because we showed we are capable of competing on this level. But to get that first point is a relief, whether it is one or three.
"That is something to hang onto and to build upon."