City chief demands more ahead of Swans’ visit
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Good but can do better, is Daniel Farke’s message to his Norwich City players ahead of another Championship promotion match up against Swansea.
The Swans head to Norfolk on Saturday one place and one point ahead of the third-placed Canaries, after Farke’s side were held to a 0-0 midweek draw against Millwall.
City appear to have shaken off any lingering relegation hangover, and navigated the distractions of the summer transfer window, to get in amongst the early front runners after the opening 10 league games.
“A solid start. No doubt,” he said. “We could be even better but sometimes you want the maximum in football and then you have to calm yourself down a bit.
“We have won some games in the last minutes as well, so you have to accept a draw when it comes along.
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“When you work for such a club like this that stirs such emotions, and I like this to work with a club with a big history and emotion, it means every good or bad result feels bigger. It tells me how much everyone cares for this club and how big a role it is in their lives.
“But in my role I have to be level, to work with calmness and hopefully some class and humility.
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“Of course we are happy to be the team of the moment in this league, our performance level is good, our points per game average is good but the momentum can change quickly.”
Farke admitted one of his first jobs was to pick his side up after Millwall’s stubborn rearguard action frustrated the hosts at Carrow Road.
Norwich carved out a season high 27 shots but could find no way past Bartosz Bialkowski.
“We were a bit down but you have to take the point,” he said. “Not perhaps the big step we wanted but you can’t expect to win the Championship with 46 wins and 100 plus points. Six games unbeaten, solid defensively. We haven’t conceded once out of set pieces if you take away the penalties.
“They are a pretty structured side and much better in possession than the Millwall side of a few years ago.
“Not easy to beat them but we created enough to do it.
“If you dominate but don’t score then you have to be disciplined, don’t get sloppy, control the counters. That was one of the topics I was very pleased with. We just didn’t find that bit of quality in and around the box.”