Daniel Farke hails Norwich steel after his side rolled up their sleeves to claim draw at Burnley and halt losing streak, with Canaries in the mood to slug it out for survival
- Daniel Farke was encouraged by the transformation of his Norwich side showed
- The Canaries overcame a run of six straight defeats to draw at Burnley
- Norwich rolled up their sleeves and slugged it out to frustrate Sean Dyche’s side
- ‘To show this resilience against a very experienced side is pleasing,’ he said
Daniel Farke was encouraged by the transformation of his Norwich players from soft touch to hard nosed.
A first clean sheet and point at Turf Moor offered the beleaguered Canaries a platform to build on — and some hope.
After conceding 16 goals in their first six Premier League games, Norwich rolled up their sleeves and slugged it out to frustrate Sean Dyche’s hopes of celebrating his 400th game in charge of Burnley with a win.
Daniel Farke was pleased with how his side showed resilience to draw at Burnley
It wasn’t pretty but Farke (right), who again used a five-man defence, wasn’t too bothered
Norwich finally halted their winning streak to earn a first point since returning to the top flight
It wasn’t pretty but Farke, who used a five-man defence for the second week running, wasn’t too bothered. He is fed up with praise for playing nice football without any reward.
‘Sometimes we can be a really good possession side but we are sometimes a bit soft, naive and inexperienced,’ he said. ‘So to show this resilience against a very experienced, physical side with a direct approach is pleasing. We showed some steel. It’s a step but we need to make many more.’
For the Norwich players it was more a case of relief than celebration after ending a morale-sapping 16-game losing run in the top flight.
If Norwich can reproduce this sort of discipline they could defy all the odds to stay up
There is a long, hard struggle ahead but if they can reproduce this sort of defensive discipline every week they could defy all the odds and avoid a quick return to the Championship.
‘We knew what to expect coming here and we know how Burnley play,’ said midfielder Kenny McLean. ‘We dug in and went toe to toe with a good team. They’re very good at what they do.
‘It’s a decent point but it’s not something we’re going to celebrate. It’s something to build on, especially with the clean sheet as well.’
The Canaries managed to keep their first clean sheet of the season at Turf Moor on Saturday
Norwich may have managed their first shut-out of the season but they haven’t solved the problem at the other end.
They have scored only twice — one a penalty — in seven games. Mathias Normann went the closest to improving that record that with a free-kick that was well saved by Nick Pope and a shot that clipped the bar.
Burnley are also struggling for goals and wins while praying for penalty decisions to go in their favour. Matej Vydra had appeals for three spot kicks waved aside by referee Kevin Friend before he went off in a daze after receiving the full force of Tim Krul’s fists as the Norwich goalkeeper attempted to clear a cross. ‘I’m not sure what is a clear penalty any more for us,’ said Dyche.