Daniel Farke was left angry after his side threw away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 away at Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship.
After going behind in the sixth minute, City roared back to go into a 3-1 lead, only to see the game once again turn on its head as Hull picked up three crucial points in their bid for survival.
“We were able to score three goals but our defensive behaviour today was really terrible,” Farke said after the game. “I’m not happy with this; I’m pretty angry with our defensive behaviour.
“I was really angry with the first 20 minutes because I thought it was our worst defensive performance for the last few months, and it was totally deserved that Hull went into the lead. At least we showed a good reaction and fight back into the game, and we had good offensive actions and we had two clear penalties, and a brilliant goal by James Maddison.”
After City went 3-1 up, Hull hit back immediately after winning a penalty of their own, with Abel Hernandez converting just before half-time.
“We had naïve behaviour in our defence to concede our first penalty – when you’re 3-1 up and you’ve had two penalties you have to be careful in the box because strikers try to use these situations to try and get a penalty back, and we were really naïve – one long ball and we concede a penalty.”
Straight after half-time Hull were awarded a second penalty, despite no players appealing for it and everyone remaining unsure of what it was given for. Farke refused to blame the controversial decision, however.
“To have that decision for their second penalty against us meant Hull were on the front foot. We lost our nerves and weren’t so good in possession, but we tried to get back in the game and Onel Hernandez had such a good chance to make it 4-3.
“One minute later there was a counter situation and there was more naïve behaviour from us in a one-against-one situation and for that we conceded a fourth goal. We were disappointed, but we deserved this loss.”
Daniel Farke also revealed that Moritz Leitner has suffered a hamstring injury after limping off in the first half.
“He felt a big pain in one moment. It seems to be we’ll have to do without him in the next weeks but we’ll see. It didn’t help us because Moritz dominates the ball, but it wasn’t a determining moment – that was our bad defensive behaviour. We can defend much better than we did today, as we have seen for several months.”