‘Three great team goals’ - Farke so pleased with clinical Canaries display at Bristol City

Teemu Pukki fired Norwich ahead in just the sixth minute at Ahston Gate, converting a Marco Stieperm

Teemu Pukki fired Norwich ahead in just the sixth minute at Ahston Gate, converting a Marco Stiepermann through-ball Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke has been demanding more clinical finishing from his players and was delighted to see chances taken during Norwich City’s action-packed 3-1 win at Bristol City this afternoon.

The victory extended the Canaries’ unbeaten run to five games, with a fourth win during that hot streak lifting them to second in the Championship table ahead of the 3pm kick-offs and guaranteeing them a place in the top six by the end of the day.

That was thanks to an early Teemu Pukki double and a first goal of the campaign from Emi Buendia just before the break at Ashton Gate, with Tim Krul making two great saves and the Robins also missing a penalty in the second half.

“Overall, a fifth game in a row unbeaten, a difficult away game, to be able to score three goals in a really deserved win, I’m pretty pleased with our performance,” said Farke.

“We’ve spoken so much about our efficiency and being more clinical in the final third because even the games before we have created so many chances, but today we were pretty concentrated and clinical in front of the goal.

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“Three great team goals. A fantastic finishing pass from Marco Stiepermann, the second from Jacob Lungi Sorensen and the third from Ben Gibson, fantastic assists and also clinical first touches and finishes of Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendia.

“I would have preferred in the second half a bit more control out of our possession, perhaps to score the fourth goal to win the game even a bit more comfortably, because one scene not switched on and of course we gave away the penalty unnecessarily and conceded the goal in the first half.

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“We were not switched on and shifting quick enough and one little situation on this level can change the whole momentum.

“So there’s even space for improvement. To do better and to have more control. Today I can’t really complain too much and many compliments to my lads.”

Reigning Player of the Season winner Krul was so important to holding off the hosts though, brilliantly keeping out two efforts from ex-Canaries striker Chris Martin in either half, somehow scooping a header off his line and then tipping a long-range effort on to his post.

“I mentioned several times that Tim Krul is the best goalkeeper in this league, we know this and he plays his part, I expect him to be there with these saves,” Farke continued.

“That’s also the reason a few years ago we tried everything to sign him. He’s part of our game, part of our strengths and Tim is always important for us.

“I’m pretty pleased to have the best goalkeeper in the league in my team. Tim is a great lad.”

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