Bullish Farke confident City will not wilt in promotion scrap
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Daniel Farke insists it is nonsense to suggest his Norwich City players are feeling the heat in the Championship promotion race.
The Canaries have been held by Reading and Wigan in the last two league games, to slow their charge towards the Premier League.
City had to dig deep to subdue Paul Cook’s spirited side at the weekend, but Farke is adamant the strain is not beginning to show ahead of a potentially pivotal Easter period.
Norwich remain four points clear of Leeds and a further three ahead of third-placed Sheffield United.
“We know we are in a brilliant position and that is why a point at Wigan was important,” said Farke. “We just approach each game looking to win, not worrying we must get to a certain point which brings us over the line.
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“If we do that the table takes care of itself. It is not over. You are just over the line when you are over the line. That is for sure.
“We are totally down to earth. We are not getting carried away with praise or feel we are already in the Premier League.
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“Of course mental strength is important. I was totally pleased how my lads reacted (at Wigan). To handle more refereeing decisions and come back so late proves we are mentally strong.
“In this period we have played 10 games, won eight and found solutions against different opponents. I am not concerned at all with the situation.”
Farke did accept City had played much better than they mustered against the struggling Latics.
“My feeling was it proved to be a complicated game and we were not able to create the amount of chances we have before,” he said. “This was due to a good Wigan performance. They were aggressive and desperate to win points against relegation.
“We were not at our best winning duels in the final third. We had games when we have been on the front foot in that area but my offensive players were not able to win enough duels, or save the ball and protect it with the opponent at their backs.
“That was the case, rather than any nerves.
“Even in the first half Teemu (Pukki) had two chances, Onel (Hernandez) a good shooting situation and we got into those positions when the final pass or the decision-making was not on the top level.
“It was not our best performance of the season but I was still pleased.”