BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Canaries will last the pace
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Any team who can win at Elland Road demands respect for Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke as he looks to plot Hull City’s downfall.
The Canaries’ own away victory at their Championship promotion rivals was rated as one of the best of Farke’s tenure, but the Tigers’ current six-match winless run on the road actually stems from a 2-0 triumph against Marcelo Bielsa’s side over Christmas.
Nigel Adkins’ club need to stop the rot on their travels to revive flagging play-off hopes after a 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest last time out.
“Each away game has its own story. They have had some difficult ones,” said Farke. “For an away side, they are one of the best transition teams in the league and that is why they could win at Leeds.
“We need to look after the ball and control the counters, that is a key topic. If we don’t it will be an unbelievably difficult game.
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“We face a side who have many threats in the offence. When I think of (Jarrod) Bowen and (Kamil) Grosicki, top class players, and it is a team I am sure will be highly motivated to respond after a difficult game at Nottingham Forest.
“They are also in a position to fight and struggle for the play-offs. They have nothing to lose.”
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Hull shipped three goals in the final quarter at the City Ground but Norwich’s staying power has been one of their biggest strengths this season.
“I believe the better you work the bigger chance you have to win games,” said Farke. “That is not a one day or one week process but you can go back to our pre-season. We are not just running, running in training.
“I was a player 20 years ago and it was pretty often back then the running trainers were on all the time. Thankfully those days are gone. You train a lot with the ball and the players have fun on the pitch.
“But you have to get the balance right.
“We try to do it in a consistent way and after so many games as the league leader you know we are in a good shape - in terms of our fitness - but we have to prove it in over these last eight or nine weeks.”