Daniel Farke hails the ‘legend’ Wes Hoolahan after his landmark Norwich City outing in 1-1 Sunderland draw
PUBLISHED: 09:10 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 11 April 2018
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Daniel Farke insisted Wes Hoolahan is a true Norwich City legend after the midfielder’s 350th appearance for the club in Tuesday’s 1-1 Championship draw at Sunderland.
Hoolahan played the opening 45 minutes at the Stadium of Light before Farke opted to change the system in an eventful game that saw Ivo Pinto notch an 89th minute equaliser after George Honeyman’s opener.
“It was no reflection on Wes. The game was too open,” said Farke. “Wes Hoolahan is outstanding. I wish I could have worked with him 10 years ago when he was 25. He is such a brilliant footballer who totally fits our philosophy.
“I have never seen a footballer who is his age now and so professional in terms of how he looks after his body. He is unbelievably fit.
“I brought him for the last game and in 40 minutes he covered something like three kilometres.
“If he did that workload over 90 minutes it would a world record.
“Whether he plays or he is on the bench he burns for these lads and is always supporting the other lads.
“I can always count on him. He did so much for this club and I am full of respect for his career and what he has done for Norwich City.
“He will be a legend and he is a legend.”
Farke also confirmed after the game Marcus Edwards had returned to Tottenham after cutting short a frustrating loan spell.
“He wanted to go back for personal reasons. We are not fighting for promotion or for relegation,” said Farke.
“We spoke with Tottenham and with Marcus and decided this was the best decision for all the parties.
“I don’t want to go into anything further. I just got the feeling he had much improved and he was closer to our first team and got that first appearance against Fulham.
“There were some nice touches but right now with four games to go we accepted this is the way forward.”
Farke was more concerned with those on duty at the Stadium of Light who blew a stack of chances.
“We should have returned with all three points. You can’t create any more chances in an away game and also the quality of the chances,” he said. “I think at 0-0 Nelson Oliveira passes to James Maddison who is two metres out with no goalkeeper and he hits the side of the post.
“It was crazy but also a sign of how we are in the moment.
“We have such a young squad and sometimes you forget someone like James is so young and that is not perfect and clinical in all his finishes.
“I got the feeling if we scored first it could be an easy win.”