Farke praises his Hollywood heroes
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.”
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