Ondrej Duda hits the spot for City chief
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Ondrej Duda is delivering the goods at Norwich City for Daniel Farke.
The Slovakian international arrived on loan from Hertha Berlin in January with a reputation as classy, attacking midfielder.
Duda was denied a debut goal by Bournemouth's Steve Cook, who was red carded for handball in conceding a match-winning penalty. But the 25-year-old is still waiting to open his account ahead of Leicester City's Premier League visit on Friday night.
"I'm totally happy with Ondrej. I know in the last game (at Wolves) perhaps he was not on his best level. If you are honest that applied to the team as well," said the City head coach. "Generally he has had a great influence. In each game he has covered the highest distance of all the players.
"An unbelievable workload, not many players in the entire Premier League are able to cover 13kms a game.
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"In Germany you would hear some say he plays as a 10 but his workload is not great.
"I doubt there is too many other players in the Premier League covering more distance then he did. He was crucial against Bournemouth. He was only denied a goal by the save of the defender, which brought the penalty.
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"He was crucial for our penalty at Tottenham and there were some clinical passes at Newcastle.
"Okay, at Wolves I was not 100pc happy with his influence. To play in this role you need to add end product. To have a couple of assists is not bad. He has shown a great mentality but there is still more to come.
"I know he can be a genius and I hope he shows this in the weeks ahead."
Norwich have fired blanks in the last three top flight games and Farke admits it has been a struggle to get the balance right.
"In the beginning of the season we conceded far too many, so you have to find more solidity against the ball, but it can have an impact on what you do at the other end of the pitch," he said.
"When you also factor in the number of changes we have been forced to make in defence because of injuries that makes it harder to focus on what you do in possession.
"It doesn't help in offensive terms but at Newcastle or against Bournemouth we created so many chances. We are not going to create an unbelievable amount of chances against Liverpool, and the same at Wolves.
"It's tough but you just have to work on the small details and that means being effective in using our chances. We have missed too many."