‘I want the fans to be able to dance on the tables’ - Daniel Farke on Carrow Road noise levels

Norwich City fans have had it tough at Carrow Road this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

Norwich City fans have had it tough at Carrow Road this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City must do their bit to get bums off seats - but Daniel Farke is appealing for help from the fans.

The lack of atmosphere at Carrow Road during a six-game winless run has been a hot topic ahead of Alex Neil’s return with Preston this weekend.

Farke accepts entertainment is in short supply.

“In general, I got the feeling it is up to us to be there with better results and to entertain our fans,” he said.

“When we are good they are always there supporting us and I thank them for that. But especially the young lads they need help at present, like James Maddison, Angus Gunn, Josh Murphy or Harrison Reed.

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“Our fans know right now what to do and that we are struggling a little bit and I am pretty sure they will be there for us, 100pc. We know how important the first win is for self-confidence.

“Should it be down to the players or the fans? It is both.

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“In my opinion we play football for the fans. When I think about the last few home results it is not good enough.

“I want the fans to be able to dance on the tables and if I was a fan at present that would be difficult.

“I wasn’t content with the Barnsley performance so I wouldn’t expect the fans to be either, or having fun at the end of the game.

“But on the other hand when you have so many injury problems and young lads on the pitch it would help to feel even more support.”

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Farke and his compatriot Christoph Zimmermann are used to fervent support from their time together at Borussia Dortmund.

“I come from Germany where the fan culture is maybe a little bit different,” said Farke.

“They are singing during the whole game. They support the home team from the first minute. Maybe that is a cultural thing.

“I am still in the process of adapting to that behaviour. You can’t compare this.”

“It is hard for me to compare as I didn’t play at the same level in Germany,” added Zimmermann. “When you know about Dortmund and 80,000 supporters you have to say that is a bit different. If you play better then the fans have more to cheer about.

“I remember the last minute equaliser against Hull and how loud it was so, for me, there is not a problem. It goes hand in hand. It is up to us to give them something to cheer about.”

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