‘It’s just incredible’ – Canaries midfielder loved raucous Carrow Road atmosphere during victory over Manchester City
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Marco Stiepermann has thanked the Carrow Road faithful for the passionate support which drove an injury-hit Norwich City on to a famous triumph over Manchester City.
The German midfielder was at the heart of a heroic effort to beat the reigning Premier League champions 3-2, setting Teemu Pukki clean through ahead of Todd Cantwell's goal which had put the hosts 2-0 up.
After defying the odds to beat Pep Guardiola's superb side, Stiepermann was quick to praise the fantastic atmosphere which saw the home crowd roar their team over the line.
"A big thank you to the fans, we need this atmosphere in every game and with these fans, together, we are a unit," he said.
"If they are the best team in the world and you are playing them and are 2-0 up, of course the fans are even more excited.
"It's just a nice feeling when the whole stadium is standing and no longer in their seats. It's just incredible."
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It was the first time the wealthy visitors had tasted defeat since a 2-1 loss at Newcastle in January, winning all 14 of their remaining games of last season to retain the Premier League title.
And after starting off their title defence with three wins and a draw, the satisfaction at pulling off the victory left the Borussia Dortmund youth product bursting with pride.
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"It was a great feeling, to be honest," Stiepermann explained. "If you look in the eyes of your team-mates, you can see how proud we are of that result, you can see what we are capable of and how we stick together.
"It was not fun to play this game against them! I can enjoy it from now on but during the game I was just thinking 'give your life as long as you can' - and obviously we did really well."
Despite such a lengthy casualty list creating concerns ahead of the game, the 28-year-old said he was not overly concerned about the injury impact, because he had faith in the players who were coming into the team.
"Of course it's not nice when you are there with so many injured players, because it is also not nice for them and we know how important they are," he added.
"But I can just say, for myself, that I knew the guys who were playing could replace these guys, so I was not really worried before the game."