‘It seems like everyone is okay. Tettey has come through okay’ - City chief reveals clean bill of health ahead of Blades clash

PUBLISHED: 15:20 05 December 2019 | UPDATED: 19:46 05 December 2019

Alex Tettey should be available for Norwich City's Premier League clash against Sheffield United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Alex Tettey should be available for Norwich City's Premier League clash against Sheffield United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Alex Tettey could be in line for a starting berth against Sheffield United after coming through the second half of City’s defeat at Southampton.

The Norwegian, who missed the draw against Arsenal due to family reasons, was kept in reserve on Wednesday night due to a slight quad injury. However, his introduction at half-time in place of Ibrahim Amadou had a galvanising effect on the Canaries and the 33-year-old's slide-rule pass allowed Teemu Pukki to reduce the arrears against the Saints.

Farke revealed that Tettey has shown no ill-effects from his 45-minute outing and reflected on a hugely frustrating evening for the Canaries on the south coash.

"It seems like everyone is okay. Tettey has come through okay. He's available at the moment, we have a few training sessions but everyone is okay at the moment," Farke said at his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.

"We played into their (Southampton) pressing too much. They had too many set-pieces and we are a smaller side so it's difficult for us on this. The set-pieces we conceded were pretty costly.

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"The reaction was good in the second-half. We dominated the game but we had to travel back with nothing. We probably deserved a point. Sadly, the first 45 minutes were a bit costly for us."

One crumb of comfort was the fact Teemu Pukki looks back to his sharpest after his clinical finish prompted hopes of a comeback.

However, City's passing wasn't at its best as Southampton pressed high but Farke insists he won't deviate from his philosophy.

"If we play with long balls, Teemu is top-class striker but he's not two metres tall," he said. "For us, it's important to have a good positional structure and work with combinations. We don't have the right type of players for long balls.

"With the ball, we were reacting too much to their pressing and we weren't aggressive enough.

"When you think about the last few games, we haven't allowed the opponents to have many chances. They only really created chances out of set pieces. Our problem was that we invited them onto us.

"Man City tried to press us and we were able to bypass them. We should stick to our principles and try and beat the press."

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