Thu 17 December 2020 | 10:27

Norwich’s Daniel Farke didn’t expect his side to win!

Teemu Pukki’s 55th-minute penalty handed all the three points to the Canaries in a match that Daniel Farke admits he would have settled for a draw.

The 2-1 victory at


will give


a three-point clearance on top of the table, thanks to the goals by



and Norwich’s top, scorer

Teemu Pukki



head coach,


Farke, couldn’t be happier by his side’s fourth successive win.

“The lads are not surprising me, they are impressing me,”



“That’s for sure.

“We knew that it was a top game today against a really good side. It was a TV spotlight game and Reading were highly motivated.

“We spoke beforehand and said that a draw would have been a good result because it would have protected our position and our points difference to Reading.

“But to be allowed to go back home with three points feels even sweeter.

“Reading had their spells but it was a deserved win for us and, for that, I’m pretty delighted. Many compliments to the players.”

 About winning so many matches by small margins,



“After 19 games, you would think that there would be one or two easy ones that were a bit more comfortable.

“But it’s like we more or less win all the games just by one goal. That just shows the fine margins in this league.

“That’s why we always have to stay fully focused. Just one per cent less is not enough.

“It says a lot about the mentality of my team. We are winning and we are there when it counts.”



Veljko Paunovic

, expressed his feelings about his side’s second consecutive defeat:

“It’s a tough one to take, especially when you have given your best.

“Our fans helped us tons with their support during the whole match and their applause at the end.

“They know that the team gave everything and you can’t really ask for anything more.

“Norwich were consistent in the way they played and they were waiting for our mistakes.

“Unfortunately, those mistakes came. And Norwich were capable of converting them.

“We did well in the first half to recover so quickly after conceding a goal.

“I was happy with that because, in the past, it would take much longer for our team to bounce back.

“The goal didn’t affect us, we came back very quickly. We were still looking for opportunities and were very creative in the final third and our goal came.”

source: SportMob

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