Josh Murphy could not hide from the disappointment of conceding two late goals in City’s Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal but he said there were positives to take from their night at the Emirates Stadium.
City lead from the 34th-minute after Murphy’s cool finish but were stung by an Eddie Nketiah brace at the death to break Canary hearts.
“Everyone is gutted,” admitted Murphy, who spoke to the media after the match. “We were so close but just couldn’t get over the line. That’s the hardest thing to take because we gave them a run for their money.
“We can’t say that we were the better team but we defended for our lives and I can’t fault the boys. The manager can’t fault anyone for how well we did and how well we played today.
“Despite the result, we’re not happy but we can take some positives from tonight.”
Murphy went on to admit City should have been more ruthless in the second half.
“We stuck to the plan the manager set for us,” he added. “He asked us to come here and give it a go and we knew we’d have a real good chance.
“After 85 minutes, we did it and we probably could have put the game to bed with my chance, Mario’s chance and Nelson’s chance but it wasn’t to be.”
On his opener, Murphy said: “It felt brilliant. I can’t think about it too much because we lost. It would have been perfect if we had won the game but it is what it is.”