‘It’s good to be a bit scared’ - Farke confident Canaries will handle jitters
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Daniel Farke is loving the fact his Norwich City players might be ‘scared’ about sealing Championship promotion.
The Canaries were held to a fourth consecutive league draw at Stoke City on Easter Monday, before Leeds’ later slip at Brentford pushed them to the brink of clinching a Premier League place.
Farke had to pick some of his dejected players off the turf at the final whistle in the Potteries, but Norwich now need one point to confirm their top flight spot against Blackburn at Carrow Road this weekend.
“It is good to be a bit scared,” said Farke. “It is quite normal. I want my players to be nervous and to doubt themselves a little bit because when you are too cool you are not at your best level.
“It is okay to be thinking about what we can achieve. But on the other hand you have to be confident and remember you are in the best position.
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“I like to see this feeling of disappointment. Especially with the young lads. To be a bit too emotional, so passionate and full of desire. It is because of this attitude why we are in this position.
“But it is up to me and the experienced players to go up to them and say, ‘stick out your chest’.
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“It was a solid point. Be disappointed but the following day we must be in a good mood again.
“In the first half and for the last 20 minutes (at Stoke) we showed how good we are and what we are capable of. Now we must bring this on the pitch against Blackburn.”
Farke is less willing to accept the type of defensive errors that allowed Stoke to hit back twice.
“We made some mistakes in our decision-making but that is what you have with a young group,” he said. “Especially for the second goal. We took too much risk for the second goal we conceded.
“It is a good message we have to learn. We will speak about what we have to learn, but you must not doubt yourself. You need to go further on.
“There was a 20 minute period when this didn’t happen. I was not really happy with this 20 minutes. At half-time we spoke about the need to be switched on; whether it is defending a corner or a counter-attack.
“My feeling was we were not aggressive enough in this period.
“We needed to attack the game. We were reacting, we were too passive. That made it an easy header for Ashley Williams.
“It was not good and then we lost the confidence in our game.”