Daniel Farke wows with 'brilliant' move in Leeds United victory which left Norwich City 'shellshocked' - Adam Pope
Daniel Farke’s decision to make attacking substitutions while Leeds United were 2-1 down at Norwich was the “defining moment” in the comeback win, according to Adam Pope.
Speaking on Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet on 23 October the BBC Leeds journalist said that the manager’s refusal to accept anything other than three points on his return to Carrow Road as Whites boss was “brilliant”, and ultimately paid off when it left the Canaries “shellshocked” as they lost 3-2 after being two up.
After Dan James had forced an own-goal off Shane Duffy in the 63rd minute Farke replaced Sam Byram and Glen Kamara with Willy Gnonto and Patrick Bamford, then once Crysencio Summerville had equalised he threw on Jaidon Anthony for James before Summerville scored the late winner.
Pope said (16m 40s): “The defining moment for me, in the game where there was so much to talk about, was the substitutions at 2-1.
“He just went, ‘Right, every attacker from about 13 years old upwards,’ just dumped on the pitch… he went 3-5-2 basically didn’t he?
“I just thought then, 2-1 down, they’d got the one bit of luck that had evaded them in the first half where the lad puts it in his own net – well done Dan James for chasing a difficult ball after his first touch – at that point it was, ‘Look, I’m going all out to win this game, a draw will not be acceptable, and if we’re going down fighting then so be it’.
“And it was brilliant, because Norwich were shellshocked and Leeds were good value and turned it around. That was the defining moment in what was a great game.”
Went for the kill
In terms of entertainment and result there was nothing to complain about from the weekend’s action, as Leeds United climbed up to third in the Championship.
While Farke’s celebrations after the final whistle were deliberately muted in respect to the club where he previously won the division twice, it surely meant a little bit extra to the German and may have motivated his decision to throw caution to the wind and go for three points.
It paid off thanks to Summerville’s wonderful brace and helped masked some deficiencies in terms of finishing and control of the game in the first half.
There will be further bumps in the road this year but with three consecutive wins recorded following the flat defeat at Southampton there is much to be positive about around Elland Road currently.
It perhaps should come as little surprise that Farke knows what he is doing in the second tier after securing emphatic promotions twice at Norwich, and while Leicester’s form currently looks likely to prevent another title win the manager is currently positioning the Whites perfectly to be in the promotion picture.
The attacking options at his disposal proved key on Saturday (21 October) as Georginio Rutter also excellent, with the ability to provide substantial reinforcements from the bench likely had a psychological impact as much as a tangible one.