Daniel Farke admitted the effects of his side’s hectic week caught up with them as City were beaten 2-1 by Derby County at Carrow Road.
After David Nugent gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time, City equalised with 20 minutes of the game remaining through Timm Klose. However, Sam Winnall’s late tap-in ensured the points would be heading to the East Midlands.
Speaking post-match, Farke said: “To be honest, today we paid the price a little bit of our cup run, although I think it wasn’t necessary to have this loss.
“In the first half, we did exactly what you have to do when you’re tired. It was our third game in six days and our opponents has been rested. We controlled the game and we were very awake in our defending, we tried to create chances but control the game as well.
“We didn’t make any fault in our defending but then we had this fault in the 46th minute which was unnecessary. It was their first chance and they scored.
“Then after 65 minutes we had to take more risks and we brought many offensive players onto the pitch and changed our formation. We scored and were close to turning the game around.
“For the first 70 minutes we controlled the game but because we had to take more risks, we conceded. We were too tired to react again. We gave everything.”
Although Farke admitted his side’s tiredness was a factor, he felt his team should have made the most of the chances they created.
“The most important when you have such a game and you feel the tiredness, you use one of your chances,” he continued.
“We had two or three really good chances, Marco Stiepermann and Josh Murphy had shooting positions, also James Maddison and Cameron Jerome, and we could have got a penalty as well. It’s so important to take the lead in such a game.”