‘It was important to have this time to sort everything out’ – Farke pleased with City players’ efforts ahead of Barnsley clash

Daniel Farke is preparing his team for today's Carrow Road battle with Barnsley. Picture: Paul Ches

Daniel Farke is preparing his team for today's Carrow Road battle with Barnsley. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The international break has allowed Norwich City to reassess, refresh and prepare to get their season back on track – starting against Barnsley today.

With injuries easing, head coach Daniel Farke has been focused on bringing an end to a three-game losing slump. That means finishing a run of five Carrow Road games without a win – which stretches back more than two months.

“It’s always nice to have some time to calm down a little bit and recreate,” the City’s boss said. “I’m always in a good mood when I’m allowed to work with my guys on the training pitch.

“It always means a lot of fun but also hard working and when I get the feeling that the guys are all there with a big togetherness and want to work and improve, it’s always pleasing.

“It was important to have this time to sort everything out, to speak about where we are.”

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Those three successive defeats, at home to Derby and Wolves, and at Bolton, brought an end to an eight-game unbeaten run in the Championship, causing the Canaries to slip to 13th place.

“You don’t want to be too close to the relegation places but we are not too far away from the places that are really interesting, four points from the play-off positions – we were there a few weeks ago,” Farke continued.

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“So all in all the position is not too bad. It could be better, we all got the feeling that we could have some more points for several games but it is like it is and all in all we have a good basement situation from this point to go where we want to go.

“Especially the last two weeks we worked on several topics where we felt we had to improve so I think we are prepared for the game and we are looking forward to the next game.”

Giving home fans more to cheer about is a clear driving force for City’s chief as well.

“There is determination, 100 per cent,” he added. “We are not content with our last home results, although there was just one game where the opponent was better. In all the other games we were the better team and deserved to have more points.

“We know it is always a hard fight, you cannot just press a button and you win game after game, it is about working on several topics, especially to score more goals, that’s the most important topic at the moment.”

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