Jack Reeve: Credit where it’s due...Daniel Farke has proved me wrong
PUBLISHED: 19:00 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 21:35 01 October 2018
In a world where whatever you say remains online forever, I’ve been reminded plenty of times over the past few weeks about comments I made regarding Daniel Farke.
I wrote both in this very newspaper and also on my social media platforms that it was game over for Farke.
I don’t think many would have disagreed with me after that crushing 0-3 defeat to Leeds United back in August. Skip forward just over a month and we’re fifth in the league and three points from the top of the table. The Championship is mad.
It’s hard to understand how Farke and his side have turned things around so drastically.
Over the space of a month Marco Stiepermann has turned into one of the best midfielders in the league and 18-year-old Max Aarons is looking like a seasoned Championship player. Should Norwich City fans be getting carried away? Absolutely.
Football fans don’t give themselves the right to enjoy themselves enough, City are currently seven unbeaten and on the back of five straight wins, that’s form to get excited about. Thanks to @NCFCNumbers on Twitter though, this September form isn’t an anomaly. Over the past four Septembers, we’ve won 17 out of the 21 games played, that’s remarkable.
This all feels a little different to previous campaigns however. I’ve felt so comfortable that Farke’s men would be able to deal with the different challenges that the past month has posed. Even when the clock passed the 80-minute mark on Saturday, I was still confident that City would find a way to score, and they did.
With all of that being said, October poses a much tougher test for the Canaries.
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When welcoming Aston Villa to Carrow Road is arguably the easiest match of the month, you know you’ve got a tough test on your hands.
When you couple that in with the fact just two points separates us from 14th placed Bolton Wanderers in the table, you could be falling down the league quickly after a few mediocre results.
The majority of fans simply wanted to see tangible improvement from this season. Nobody can argue we’ve not seen that over the past six weeks. Not only have the results been a remarkable turnaround, but you get the feeling this squad is now far more balanced.
It was personified at the weekend when we were able to bring on Jordan Rhodes for Emi Buendia in the 75th minute.
It’s hard to believe we now have the luxury to bench one of the finest Championship strikers because our other striker is scoring goals for fun.
Not only does this squad feel more balanced, but it also seems as if we have more leaders now and they’re coming from the unlikeliest of places.
Mario Vrancic stepped up and took a penalty which was so important a few of his teammates didn’t even watch and dispatched with coolness.
The Bosnian’s ice cool edge was even more impressive when you realise that he wasn’t the designated taker and opted to relieve Teemu Pukki of his duties after the Finn didn’t feel comfortable because of the foul that won the spot kick. There’s a real spirit about this squad.
Whatever happens over the next month it’s lovely to be able to say that I’m enjoying watching my team again.
It was starting to become a real chore watching the same football week in week out and not getting results from it. This past month has been joyful though, Carrow Road feels a happy place to go to and fans are genuinely daring to dream. Long may this continue.