It’s guest blog time and this time it’s the turn of Lewis Fuller, one of the 800+ who made the trip to Griffin Park on Tuesday night…
It’s refreshing that Daniel Farke sees value in the cup competitions – “I like to have runs in the cup” – especially when you consider how it’s been belittled by City managers in the past.
With this mind I wasn’t overly surprised by the team when it was announced on Tuesday night with Angus Gunn, Ivo Pinto, Christoph Zimmermann, Timm Klose, Tom Trybull and Josh Murphy all keeping their places and playing their fourth game in ten days.
However, there was a still a buzz on the Griffin Park terraces amidst the renewed optimism. Who doesn’t love a cup run?
As it transpired the energy and fitness levels from minutes 1 to 94 epitomised the “Farkelife” transformation.
Marley Watkins – in his role as the lone striker – made great penetrative runs all game and it was one of these his run that resulted in the early penalty that Mario Vrancic rather coolly tucked away.
When he first signed for the club back in June, Farke described Vrancic as a “smart and technical” player and on Tuesday night he showed all of that and more with a cracking free-kick and some clinical decision making; qualities that in my opinion have been uncharacteristic of him this season.
The Canaries predominantly controlled the first half and most of the second, and when Josh Murphy sealed the game with that cheeky dink it was a much needed boost to his confidence following a few games in which he’s under-performed. It was a shame that Josh Clarke sealed a late goal to destroy our fourth clean sheet in a row.
It was a minor negative however and amongst many pluses it was Tom Trybull who summed up perfectly the recent Norwich upturn. Again his energy levels were terrific, and allied to his desire and commitment, the way he wins the ball back and constantly impacts on the game shows me signs he can be a great addition to the club. He has certainly warmed to the number 19 Norwich shirt.
After a patchy start, City fans are now understandably more confident and I have faith Farke and his team are quick learners who can adapt to English football. In particular, I’d like to see them continue to improve the fitness and energy levels.
So let’s hope this momentum and team chemistry continues to build as we head into the game on Saturday and the players can indeed go “hand in hand through their Farkelife”.
Thanks to Lewis for his thoughts. Follow him on Twitter @epiclewis25.