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Teemu Pukki: Derby loss is hard to take

29 December 2018

Teemu Pukki is confident Norwich City can recover from the disappointment of their 4-3 defeat to Derby County on Saturday.

City threw away leads at 2-0 and 3-2 to eventually lose a remarkable game which also saw the a floodlight failure, shortly after Pukki had given restored the advantage with ten minutes to play.

Speaking post-match, Pukki said: "We started really well in almost the whole first-half.

"We should have killed the game there but we didn't and we let them come back into the game.

"Then it was quite tight in the second-half. These losses are very hard to take."

Reflecting on City's opening period, Pukki said: "The first-half was probably one of our best periods of football this season and then with the two corners, they scored. 

"We should have played those corners better and not let them score." 

"Of course, conceding goals is not a good thing for us. Everyone knows that. We need to focus more on that and stopping it from happening.

"Hopefully we can do it better in a couple days."

On the floodlight failure, he said: "It's hard to say how much of an affect it had on the team. It was the same for both teams so that's not an excuse.

"It was a strange situation to go in for 15 minutes and it was hard to come back from it."

The defeat brings to an end the Canaries' 12-game unbeaten run and Pukki is full of belief that the team can recover from the setback.

"You could see from all the guys after the game that it was a hard defeat to take. 

"We've played some really good football lately and got some great results. We have lots to be proud of but there's still many games to go and we need to pick our heads up. 

"There are some older guys who have been around quite a bit so they will definitely cheer the lads up ahead of our next game."

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