Rise up to repel the invaders. Daniel Farke summons Norwich City’s fighting spirit
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Rebellion is the order of the day for Daniel Farke to halt Fulham’s Championship promotion surge on Good Friday at Carrow Road.
Norwich City have saved their best in league and cup combat for against-the-odds tussles - and the Canaries’ head coach puts this one in the same category.
“There is not so much pressure but to be the first team in several months to beat Fulham would be a big positive,” he said.
“Derby were second and 12 unbeaten, we played Wolves away, also Chelsea and Arsenal away, and we have shown we can be competitive on this high level.
“Fulham is on fire, they are the best team in the second part of the season.
“Maybe Wolves were in the first part, but to go 16 unbeaten in the league they are the best team right now.
“A big task, but we have proved several times when we are in the underdog role and it is not the easiest situation with injuries. We need perhaps a bit of the cup mentality.
“We want to be rebellious and greedy.”
Onel Hernandez (hamstring) misses out but Alex Tettey, Grant Hanley and Nelson Oliveira have all been passed fit for a contest Farke feels will hinge on the best team in possession.
“It will be a game between two sides who want to keep the ball,” he said. “Our philosophies are similar. Both want to play football, with lots of passes and combinations.
“Fulham have sometimes had 70 or 80pc possession in games.
“You have to accept they will have periods when they are in possession and we will have to struggle without the ball but there will also be periods when we dominate the ball.
“Against Reading we had the feeling we could score six or seven and we scored three.
“I don’t think we will have so many chances as that against Fulham but we need to be very effective.”
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Farke admits the build up has been challenging with his international contingent scattered across Europe and Asia.
“Some returned on Monday, like Grant Hanley, some Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Every day we have had a bigger squad on the training pitch,” he said.
“You have to be careful how to handle it. James Maddison played 80 minutes on Tuesday so that is more about recovery.
“Marcus Edwards had two games so you have to be careful with him and the load because that was the first games for several weeks. They have done some individual stuff on Wednesday.
“It is tricky to prepare for Fulham. It is not an excuse.
“It would be the same for Fulham. We don’t use this as an excuse for Friday.”