Farke calls for Pukki back up
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Norwich City’s players must step up to take the heat off top gun Teemu Pukki.
The Canaries' marksman has failed to score for his club since September 14, after a prolific start to life in the big league culminated in that epic match-winner to sink Premier League champions Manchester City.
Pukki was again forced to forage on limited service in the 2-0 defeat at Brighton, and head coach Farke is urging his pals to ease the burden.
"It can't always be like Teemu has to score goals. We need goals from other positions. He can't score each and every goal," said Farke. "Maybe a centre back from a set piece or the wide players or midfielders are allowed to score.
"It is always a bit more difficult when there is more attention on you and everyone is awake to the threat. Of course that makes his life more difficult, after scoring so many early goals this season. But when you are a striker for a newly promoted side you have to accept there might be games when you don't have many chances. It is no concern at all.
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"He has the quality and I am pleased we have seven goals right now from our strikers, and if we go further on with this average we have a chance for many points.
"It is not easy to go away from home and create 10 one on ones, like in the Championship."
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Farke feels City's defensive issues might also have a part to play in why they look so fitful in the final third.
"Our biggest problem right now is not scoring goals, it is being compact and solid and perhaps the lads in offensive areas have to invest more in terms of their energy," he said. "Once we get some defenders back it might free the forward players and make life easier.
"I was pretty critical with the offensive line behind Teemu in previous games but it was better (at Brighton).
"If we could paint a picture it would look different but let's be realistic. We spoke before the season that we are the favourite for position 20 so it is not a huge surprise we don't win every week.
"We expected tough times and we have gone five games without a win.
"A tough time in the Championship is when you have to accept maybe one loss. At this level you can lose games. We have to be self-critical but we also have to make sure it doesn't drag us down.
"That is my task and my challenge in the next weeks."