‘We really need you’ - Timm Klose’s plea to Norwich City fans
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Timm Klose admits Norwich City fans have every reason to boo right now but urges them to stick with Daniel Farke’s young squad.
City have failed to win at Carrow Road in seven Championship home games, ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s visit on Saturday evening, and the Swiss international knows they are testing the patience on the terraces.
“You build your base at home for the season. You need to be strong and feel the fans are behind you,” he said. “I don’t know if there is witchcraft going on at home but we are really hungry to win games. Sheffield (Wednesday) is a good game to start a series.
“When you see the away games, in a lot of them we have performed and that gets the fans behind us.
“I can tell you we try to do exactly the same at home and we do it for a period of time and then we seem to struggle in parts of the match. That is about managing the game.
“These are the moments where you need the fans. They have been amazing this season so far and it’s important they still stand behind us. If I make a mistake and the fans boo me, that’s fine.
“In Germany I made a mistake in the 91st minute, we lost and I was booed off the pitch. I know what it means.
“I’ve experienced it. For the young players, they need support because things can happen in a game if they misplace a pass and the fans moan. They have been great so far. I hope they will continue supporting us.”
Klose revealed earlier in the season he had accepted a leadership role within Farke’s young squad.
“My job is to bring the heads up. It is hard,” he said. “It is down to me, Cammy (Cameron Jerome), Weso (Wes Hoolahan), all the experienced lads who know what could happen in a game. We need to stand up. Even in a team that is struggling there has to be those poles in the side you can trust.
“Sometimes maybe I have a bad game but I want to lead the team. If someone else has a bad game I can go to them and say, ‘Listen, there will be another chance or just get back into our shape and work for the team.’
“The last home game I had a bad game with the ball in terms of my passing.
“I was angry with myself because I should have been better but I just told myself to concentrate on defending.
“That was the most important thing because that is my job. That is the message I want to give to the other lads. Do the simple things and focus on those.
“We are all human and we have normal days when you come in and don’t want to do it, the same as anyone else in their job.
“You might wake up, feel tired or sick but you tell yourself I still want to do it because I have a family to support and this team is my family.
“I will always tell myself, ‘This is the day we win.’ You have to be positive in a negative period.”
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