Daniel Farke said it’s not down to luck that his team is able to fight until the final whistle to score goals and is instead testament to the fitness and spirit of his players.
Norwich came from 3-0 down to pick up a point at Carrow Road, with goals from Mario Vrancic and a further two from Onel Hernandez in the 94th and 98th minute.
And despite walking away with a draw, Farke said those two late goals made it feel as good as a win.
“After being back 3-0 after 75 minutes against such a good side like Nottingham, and then to be there again with late goals and a late equaliser is outstanding,” Farke said. “We had to fight today against so many odds and against so many setbacks and the lads are brilliant and big compliments for this fighting spirit.
“We sat in the dressing room and spoke about probably a world record of chances. We had more than 30 shots on the opponent’s goal and it’s normally ridiculous that after this performance we were not able to win this game, but with those two late goals it feels a bit like a win.
“I think we were by far the better side in the first half and should have been in the lead 2-0 or 3-0. We made a bit of a naïve mistake in the 46th minute and we lost the ball in our own box and Nottingham were able to punish us. In the second half we put so much pressure on them and should have got a penalty for the handball, but the decision wasn’t given and one minute later out of a deflected set piece Robinson was able to score.
"You think it’s one of those days where everything is against you and we tried to risk everything then and change our formation and brought all of our offensive players in to play with three strikers. We found a way to fight back and in the end I think we were pretty close to winning this game.
“There was a crazy atmosphere and I think we also brought it back with our performance because we created so many chances and even after being down 3-0 we scored three goals and we also have to speak about unbelievable chances for Teemu Pukki, Timm Klose with a one-on-one with the goalkeeper and Ben Godfrey three metres out. I think we could have easily scored seven, eight or nine goals. It was brilliant entertainment for our supporters and they carried us through this difficult period, they are so supportive and again it was one unit at Carrow Road.”
Today was not the first time Norwich have scored in extra time to turn the game around, but Farke said it is a sign of his squad’s quality.
“It’s not luck, it’s quality and it’s no coincidence,” said the City boss. “It's how we fight and how we play that we always believe in ourselves and our way of playing. We exhaust the opponent and in the end they are there with mistakes.
“Our fitness level is outstanding, but much more important than that is the mentality, the spirit and togetherness that we always believe that we are able to score goals. The lads are unbelievably proud to wear the yellow shirt and fight for the yellow shirt and for this amazing Club. This spirit and this atmosphere are crucial and key for those goals."
The atmosphere at the final whistle was electric in the stadium, and Farke said it’s good to be able to celebrate with the fans.
“In those moments you just enjoy football and this game so much because it’s why you play this game,” he said. “When you grow up as a young child you don’t think about any contracts or promotion, relegation or titles, it’s this feeling that you want to have after a game and this celebration with the fans. We play football for the fans and to have these days together with them is why we all love this game so much.”
Norwich will now face Derby County at home on Saturday, but the City Head Coach said they will have to play without some key players.
“We have many problems to be honest,” Farke said. “Moritz [Leitner] is out until the end of January with a ligament injury. It’s a big blow for us.
“It doesn’t look good for Emi [Buendia], he got a tackle against his ankle and slipped away and we have to wait until tomorrow to see what the scan says. Christoph [Zimmermann] was ill 10 days ago and felt fine but during the warm-up he felt really uncomfortable and sick, so we have to wait to see what the doctor says but he is also a major concern for the next game. I also had to substitute Jamal Lewis with some hamstring problems and he is also a major doubt for the next game.”