Farke reveals why he knew City would win FA Cup spot kick shoot out over Spurs
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Daniel Farke had a premonition Norwich City would prevail in an epic FA Cup penalty shoot out win over Tottenham on Wednesday to seal a quarter-final spot.
City hit back in normal time through Josip Drmic and then held their nerve to win 3-2 on penalties to set up a home tie against either Derby County or Manchester United.
Tim Krul saved two spot kicks with Adam Idah, Marco Stiepermann and Todd Cantwell holding their nerve to book a place in the last eight for the first time since 1992.
"I was totally convinced we would win this penalty shoot out," said Farke. "You could sense the unity in the group. I told them, 'whatever happens, even if we have a setback, and we did after the first penalty, that at the end the yellow shirts would be celebrating'.
"The lads did not let me down. I am pretty delighted.
"We have created some special nights, some magical nights in the league and now the cup. This is a game our supporters will remember for a decade. You have to think why you play. We play for the supporters. We are here to create such memories. Look at the celebrations. Not just off the pitch, but on it. My players were celebrating like children."
Farke hailed Krul and his spot kick sensations.
"He really is a killer in these situations he has saved so many penalties for us," said the City chief. "Tim is so experienced and my goalkeeper coach and Michael McGovern also played a part. They will have spoken about the penalty takers.
"It is always good when you watch this tall, Dutch chap on the penalties.
"How cool were the young boys? So pleased with them. Adam, at this level for the first time, in such an important moment. He knew like we all did this was history and he was so calmed down. I tried to give them some focus and energy but the lads had to deliver. When I think about him and Todd they produced top class penalties.
"We created something special. The biggest success in Norwich City's FA Cup history in nearly 30 years. To go through this round and to do it at such a difficult away ground like Tottenham. It feels great.
"I am so delighted for my lads and for all our supporters and everyone connected with the club. We deserved to have this amazing win for our club."