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"We believe we have something to say in the game"

Thomas looks ahead to tomorrow's game

2 March 2021

Ahead of tomorrow's top-of-the-table clash, Thomas Frank sat down with the press to preview our trip to Norwich City.

Thomas on Norwich City ...

I expect to see a game between two sides who want to dominate, want to take control of the game, and want to take the initiative. We played a good game against each other in the reverse fixture; I am massively looking forward to this challenge. Norwich City have done incredibly well this season. They are better off than they were two seasons ago when they smashed the league. That just shows how well they are doing and how well Daniel Farke and his staff have done. You can’t praise them enough. They have found the perfect balance in what they do. We are facing a huge challenge, but we are up for it and we believe that we have something to say in that game.

Thomas on our return to form ...

In this league you can win five in a row and then lose three in a row because it is a crazy league and the margins between teams are so small. For me it is about the performance. The concern was the performance against Coventry City so it was good to see against Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City that we defended very well. We gave nothing against Sheffield Wednesday and, besides a big mistake after 20 seconds, we only gave one chance away against Stoke City. I think we are in a good place and we go into this game with confidence, but I am totally aware that, against the best team in the Championship in Norwich, we can perform top and still lose.

Thomas on our recent success with strikers ...

Sometimes I think we need to be humble but in this case we need to give ourselves a little pat on the back. We recruited three very good players [Ollie Watkins, Neal Maupay, and Ivan Toney] through Lee Dykes and the recruitment team, the Directors of Football, Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankersen, and the owner Matthew Benham and the rest of the staff have supported the players to get them to perform. It is an incredible achievement for everyone in this Club. I can’t think of a Championship club who have had three different strikers score 25 goals three seasons in a row.

Thomas on Winston Reid ...

It has been very good to get Winston in the building. We knew that we needed an extra centre-back to help the team. He has stepped in and done well with his personality, experience, and quality. He has shown all three areas in all three games. With Rico Henry out, and the adjustment we have made to the starting XI with Mads Bech at left-back, it is even more important that he has stepped in and performed.

Thomas on our style of play ...

We will not change; we will always play out from the back when it is the right thing to do. For me against Stoke City it was a clear-cut bad decision, but I would say the ball we played and lost against Coventry City was a calculated risk. If you play out from the back, you will get caught out once or twice in a season but sometimes they don’t score. You need to do the things that you believe in 100 per cent but, of course, with an adjustment for the risk reward. Whatever you do, defending high or low, kicking it long or playing out from the back, there will always be a down side. Sometimes it is highlighted more when you play out from the back. I am fine that we take risks sometimes, but David Raya is the first to say it was a bad decision on Saturday.

Thomas on Bryan Mbeumo ...

Bryan is an extremely good player. I don’t know what the level above hit the ground running is with his 16 goals and seven assists last season. They were incredible numbers for a winger. Now he has four goals and nine assists which is still up there among the best wingers in the division. Does he expect more from himself, yes. Do I expect more from him, yes. He had a minor injury a few weeks ago but now he is back. He scored a goal and had an assist against Sheffield Wednesday and got an assist in a very good second-half against Stoke City. I hope that, instead of last season where he dipped in form a little bit towards the end of the season, he is on the up now which would be nice.

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