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Daniel Farke: Losing the duels cost us

2 April 2018

Daniel Farke said his Norwich City side’s inability to win duels was the main reason behind their 4-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Easter Monday.

City took the lead in the first-half when Ryan Manning put through his own net but were undone by goals from Massino Luongo, Matt Smith, Ebere Eze and Manning.

And Farke was extremely disappointed that his team didn’t deal with QPR’s direct style of play.

“The team who wins the most duels wins the game,” he said. “Today we won 37% of our duels and that’s the reason we lost the game.

“Nearly our whole preparation was on Matt Smith because that’s their style, playing long balls [to him] and he wins the headers.

“You have to win the second balls. To be honest, they played the long balls and out of this they managed to score the goals and win the game.”

Farke was encouraged by his team’s first-half display but said they didn’t do enough to defend their lead.

“It was a good first-half and we deserved the lead," he continued. "But after half-time we forgot our basement behaviour which was to be there and win the duels.

“When you take the lead you have to be even more greedy and aggressive to defend the lead. I got the feeling we were too concentrated on the technicial touches and we forgot the basement behaviour.

“The first thing is always to win the determining duels but we didn’t do that. When you lose the duels, you concede the goals.

“It’s the first time in seven months that I’ve seen this face of my team. It can happen sometimes in football but on the other hand, I’m annoyed that we lost in this situation because we took the lead.

“We have to show a reaction, especially in how with lead the duels, in our next game.”

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