Daniel Farke admitted the better side won as the Canaries went down 2-0 to league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A goal in each half from a setpiece was enough to give Wolves the victory, but Farke was pleased with the fight shown by his side.
“We played a team with better quality and we have to accept our loss,” Farke said post-match. “We tried everything, and my boys were brave on the field and tried to fight to the end against the quality but we lost to the better team.
“We tried everything in the second half and changed our system several times to try and create something but they were defending so deep in a 4-5-1 and the quality in the counter-attacks was outstanding for this league.”
Farke was left to rue conceding twice from setpieces. “It is a bit annoying that we conceded from setpieces because you can win points against better teams when everything works and you are there with 100% in each part of the game. For the first goal it’s an individual tactical mistake, and that was the difference in the first 20 minutes because Marley Watkins has a good header that hits the post, and then they score out of a setpiece.
“We tried to avoid their counters and defend the counters, which we did, but then we weren’t awake enough from the second ball from a setpiece in the second half.”
Norwich sit just a point outside the play-offs but have managed only six goals at home in the league this season, and are winless at Carrow Road since the 1-0 victory over Birmingham City on September 9. Farke admits he is concerned with the lack of a clinical edge.
“We have to do without a lot of lads in the offence, so we have to try and find some solutions,” Farke said. “We were not good enough to score today. Cameron Jerome needed a break – he can’t play each and every game. And Marley did really well at Brentford as the striker, so we thought it was the right decision for today. But we will find solutions.”
Farke also had a word for Yanic Wildschut, who was missing from the matchday squad. “Wildschut wasn’t here due to a private matter. I respect his privacy and some things are bigger than football. For that we had to do without him today.”