The five key quotes from Daniel Farke's post-Stoke press conference
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Daniel Farke, Manager of Norwich City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Norwich City at Riverside Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Middlesbrough, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Norwich City survived a late fightback from Stoke City to win 3-2 and remain at the top of the SkyBet Championship.

Emiliano Buendia gave the Canaries the lead just before the 20-minute mark before Teemu Pukki's brace put Norwich into a comfortable lead.

Just after the hour mark however the game soon swung in momentum after Buendia was shown two yellow cards and sent off, allowing the Potters a way back into the game, but despite goals from Tyrese Campbell and Nathan Collins, Norwich were able to hold on and remain top of the table.

Daniel Farke spoke to the press after the game to discuss the win for his team as well as the individual performances of some of his players.

On the win 

After facing the prospect of two tough tests away from home after the international break, Norwich passed with flying colours after a win over Middlesborough on Saturday was followed up by Tuesday night's win against Stoke.

Norwich boss Farke admitted that he thought it would be a difficult start back, but was delighted to get the result at the Bet365 Stadium.
 

He said: “It was a massive win and I’m happy and delighted to find a way to win this football match.

“We've had two difficult away games against Middlesbrough and Stoke and to try and stay unbeaten and to travel back out of this week back to back with six points against a really good stoke side is great."

On adapting to problems

One area where the Norwich boss was particularly impressed was his players' ability to adapt to playing in positions that may have been uncomfortable to them.

The German made three changes to his starting 11 and suffered injuries throughout the game but believes his team coped well with the rotation.

Farke said: “We had to play with players not in their usual positions and it was difficult for us. In the end though we’re delighted to come away with the win and to find a way to win is massive and I’m absolutely delighted.”

Injury issues

After suffering problems with fitness before the game, the last thing Norwich would have wanted is more problems.

The Canaries lost Tim Krul in the first-half to a suspected muscle-related injury along with Marco Stiepermann and ​​​​​​​Teemu Pukki in the second-half due to concussion and a potential thigh-related injury and Farke provided an update on the latest.

The 44-year-old said: “Tim limped out and it seems like a muscle injury and I don’t expect him to be ready and maybe out for a few weeks. It’s not good news but we have to assess.

“We had to sub Stiepermann for fear of concussion and Pukki was also moaning about his thigh too so we will have to see what the outcome of those are."

On Buendia

One player who particularly caught the eye in Staffordshire on Tuesday night was Emiliano Buendia.

The 22-year-old opened the scoring with a tidy finish and was also instrumental in the second goal as his beautifully-timed through ball to Teemu Pukki helped to double Norwich's advantage.

Up until the 69th minute, Buendia was the best player on the pitch, however after receiving a yellow card due to a late 50/50 tackle, the Argentinian received his marching orders after he was shown a second yellow card following a dangerous high-foot challenge.

Despite the bittersweet ending to his performance, Norwich boss Farke was still full of praise for his star man.

He said: “We have to accept it was due to emotions and sometimes it’s a bit naïve but up to that point he was outstanding with his goal and assist, and he was the best player on the pitch.

"The first one was a 50/50 but maybe after that one he should have calmed down and not let it get to him.

“He apologised to the group and we accept and move on. We don't need to do anymore as not playing in the next game is enough of a punishment but he was excellent tonight."

On Josh Martin

Josh Martin is a player who has been on everybody's lips and the 19-year-old showed exactly why as he put in an impressive display.

Making his first senior league start for the club, Martin played a role in the first goal as well as threading through a lovely threaded pass into the path of Teemu Pukki before he added Norwich's third and his boss had lots of praise for his efforts.

Farke said: "It was difficult for him but he was excellent and he was a major role in first goal and for third goal.

"It's no coincidence. Josh has been outstanding and whilst working with  a smaller group during the break was great and he is prepared to be thrown into the mix.

"He still has a lot to learn and we will work on that.”

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