City chief Farke is the first to look in the mirror
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Norwich City’s Premier League critics can write them off but Daniel Farke is still a believer.
Farke's squad prop up the rest of the league after seven games without a win.
The head coach labelled the manner of Friday's 2-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Watford a 'disaster' but Farke is convinced there is light at the end of the tunnel. Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann are both closing in on returns for a pivotal festive swing in City's battle to beat the drop.
"That puts me in a good mood because it looks like we've got some defenders back soon," he said. "If we get this balance, between the physicality and the fluid football, then we can hurt each and every team on this level.
"We created so many situations in and around the box and we were not concentrated enough to play the right pass or at the right speed or a good first touch. Part of the reason for that is you go into the game not in the best confidence.
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"All topics are connected. When you feel more solid at the back and you have players who have had many battles in this position then even the midfield players feel more comfortable to play some passes, the same for the wingers and strikers.
"I don't want to search for excuses. When you have a testing period it is not easy with the confidence level but if we can play more solidly then we are capable of getting results."
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Farke insists he is constantly reviewing his own methods.
"It's always important to reflect, to be self critical and ask yourself, 'Am I doing the right things?' but it was not like I had to learn anything new, because I knew it before - being solid defensively in this league is a big topic," he said, speaking prior to the Hornets' visit. "I can remember my first season when I came here and our first task was to stabilize defensively, because the season before we had conceded nearly 100 goals.
"In this first season we were able to address this and within that I remember a period when we had a club record number of clean sheets.
"Then we spoke about adding some goals and we ended this second season scoring nearly 100 goals, but still had the fifth best defensive record.
"So it's not like we were conceding goals for fun.
"Defending properly is also part of our philosophy. It's not like you can just analyze the situation and it is fixed. You have to work daily."