Norwich City 4 Charlton 1 reaction: Daniel Farke’s verdict
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Josh Murphy offers Norwich City the X-factor for Daniel Farke after his two-goal starring show in Tuesday’s 4-1 League Cup win over Charlton.
Murphy fired City into the third round with a brace and an assist for Marley Watkins before debutant Tom Trybull sealed the victory.
“Josh was brilliant,” said the Norwich head coach. “I am not surprised because we know about his potential. He had a really good pre-season and then we sadly had to do without him for the last 10 days of the pre-season. He struggled a little bit in the first few games. As an offensive player you need to come into you rhythm and you wait for the first goal or assist. He got that at Aston Villa and you could see the self-confidence. Normally as an offensive player when you are in a rhythm you just have to watch the ball and it will go in. We had some problems in the beginning of the game but the last 75 minutes were really brilliant.
“Josh is a threat when he gets the ball and runs at an opponent. You could feel in the last few weeks he was struggling and then you want it too much. He was concentrating maybe too much on his offensive actions in the first few games. He was not in the right positions defensively and we spoke about that. In football like in life you earn what you deserve and success will come to you. He has worked on his basic skills and he is scoring and getting assists.”
Farke felt City were full value for a second home win under his guidance.
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“We wanted to get to the next round and I think we could have scored more goals,” he said. “Let’s say the first 75 minutes were really solid, a good performance and totally deserved to win. I don’t go too deep with the other 15 minutes. I think the last seven games in six of them we have not scored first. That is not good enough when teams are close together, like in the league or even in this cup. I knew after we conceded it would be a hard struggle to come back. We needed some minutes to recover. We know the importance of the first goal. I trust my guys and knew they could come back.
“It is quite important not to be too predictable.
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“We need a mix, to control the ball, to control the game. We want to be precise with our passing but sometimes you also have to chip the ball in behind and use pace when the opponent concentrates too much on the passing style. We want to be good on counter actions as well and in that topic Josh is a threat.”