Farke praises his Hol­ly­wood he­roes

Sunday Express - - FOOTBALL - Gideon Brooks

Nor­wich 3 Bolton 2

NOR­WICH boss Daniel Farke says his team were pure “Hol­ly­wood” again af­ter this win.

Af­ter Mario Vran­cic and Marco Stieper­mann put the Ca­naries 2-0 up, Sammy Ameobi and Mark Beev­ers lev­elled. But Bolton then had Ameobi sent off and Teemu Pukki (above) snatched vic­tory for the league lead­ers.

Farke said: “It’s un­be­liev­able spirit. To win this game is a bit like Hol­ly­wood, so I’m not go­ing to talk about mis­takes we made.’’

The win which lifted United to sixth place in the ta­ble was landed by goals from Ash­ley Young, Juan Mata (be­low), Romelu Lukaku and Mar­cus Rash­ford.

Yet for man­ager Jose Mour­inho it was the spirit and fight shown by his side which pleased him most.

“The team was there to win and give ev­ery­thing and when you give ev­ery­thing no­body can point the fin­ger at you,” said Mour­inho.

This was United’s first vic­tory in five league matches but more im­por­tantly, on the back of a sim­i­larly bat­tling dis­play against Arse­nal on Wed­nes­day night, fur­ther ev­i­dence they are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

Rum­blings of dis­con­tent in the dress­ing room con­tinue but

Mour­inho’s grip tight­ens on the tiller with ev­ery win. It was A GOAL from skip­per Markus Hen­rik­sen 13 min­utes from time earned Hull a vi­tal point on the first an­niver­sary of Nigel Ad­kins be­com­ing their boss. Mill­wall were caught nap­ping early on when Kamil Grosicki put the Tigers ahead, but Lee Gre­gory lev­elled be­fore the break.

Mill­wall piled on the pres­sure in the sec­ond-half and when Ai­den O’Brien fired them ahead with a left-foot shot they looked good for the win – until Hen­rik­sen tapped in for Hull against the run of play. there­fore the rare sight of late of a happy man­ager who breezed into the press con­fer­ence af­ter­wards to find he had no bot­tle of wa­ter.

“Are we sav­ing money? No wa­ter. Maybe we are sav­ing money for Jan­uary,” he said.

The re­al­ity is that if United can con­tinue to show signs they are pulling in the right di­rec­tion maybe Mour­inho could be backed with funds in the trans­fer win­dow. Mour­inho had praised his play­ers in his pro­gramme notes, say­ing “no­body can deny they have guts” af­ter a spir­ited per­for­mance against Arse­nal. But a few of them could be for­given if those guts were feel­ing a lit­tle queasy this sea­son given the fu­ri­ous ro­ta­tion of his squad. The most telling of READ­ING failed to man­age a sin­gle shot on tar­get as their first game fol­low­ing Paul Cle­ment’s sack­ing was an­other hor­ror show.

Billy Sharp broke the dead­lock for Sh­effield United against his for­mer club on 83 min­utes, then Sam Bal­dock headed into his own net to seal vic­tory for the Blades.

Their boss Chris Wilder said: “We’re blessed with Billy thanks to his goalscor­ing record and the way he takes things by not spit­ting his dummy out if he doesn’t start. He just gets on with it.”

OUR MAN OF THE MATCH AT LAST!: Striker Romelu Lukaku ends his nine-month Old Traf­ford goal drought by scor­ing United’s third against Ful­ham

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