Be very afraid. Daniel Farke aims to unleash his dynamic duo on Norwich City’s rivals
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Norwich City’s dynamic duo Alex Pritchard and James Maddison can wreak havoc in the Championship.
Canaries’ head coach Daniel Farke paired his midfield aces together in the starting line up for the first time this season with devastating effect in Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Pritchard was instrumental in the equaliser, slotted by Maddison, who picked out Timm Klose for the second and Nelson Oliveira sealed the victory from the penalty spot.
Farke is in no doubt Pritchard and Maddison can destroy Championship rivals.
“Good players can always play together and this was the proof,” he said.
“With Alex we realise he is not there with 100pc. That is quite normal. You need games and minutes to get your rhythm.
“For that, we got the feeling this was the right game to start. It is no coincidence the first time we score more than twice in the league is the first game he is back in the starting line up.
“It was a good performance, he looked sharp and created a lot and he was so important for the first goal.
“With James, sometimes during our run of three games in seven days it was probably too much load and he was not outstanding.
“When we have one game a week it is no problem for him to stand on the pitch for 90 minutes. He was brilliant not only with his goal and assist but his whole performance.”
Farke is also tipping Oliveira to hit the goal trail now after ending his drought.
“It will give him self-confidence.
“I don’t care whether it is a penalty or it rolls off his chin and over the line,” he said. “We have ended an awful run and for him it will be a big relief. He worked hard, he missed some chances but it was important he was able to create them.
“He is full of ability. We trust him and we are happy to have him because he is a striker who can make a difference.
“It is a big relief.
“The lads got their well-deserved benefits. I had the feeling Preston was much better, Cardiff in the first half we were brilliant.
“I kept saying the first win was the hardest, but this wasn’t ugly or lucky, it was well-deserved. That is good for the confidence; for the whole mood and the atmosphere in the dressing room.
“When you have this feeling after a game it creates a hunger and a greed for the next win.
“It is important to remember this feeling because we had to wait so long. Now we must go on and look for more points at Leeds.”
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