Daniel Farke said his City side can be “unbelievably proud” of their performance as they fought until the end in their 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.
A second-half goal from Onel Hernandez brought Norwich level with the Cherries who went ahead in the 39th minute with a strike from Junior Stanislas. However Steve Cook followed up with a second for Bournemouth just minutes later, which was enough to knock City out of the cup.
But Farke said his team deserved to win after dominating the game and creating the best chances.
“I think when we judge the performance we can be unbelievably proud of the lads because we were by far the better side, we dominated the game and created an unbelievable amount of chances,” Farke said.
“But it was one of those days and several times we were unlucky with the post and the goalkeeper was there with some unbelievable saves. In three or four situations I think we should have scored, and we just didn’t have the quality today to bring the ball over the line and for that we have to accept the loss. But in general, I think we can be proud of the performance.
“I think in the second half just one team was playing and dominating the game and it was more than deserved that we were there with the equaliser and to be honest if you would have asked me in this moment I would have even been disappointed with a penalty shoot-out because I got the feeling we should have won this game after 90 minutes.
“And we didn’t lose our nerves, we brought some offensive players in to change our system and tried everything. Even in the last minutes we were able to create an unbelievable amount of chances, especially when I think about the last situation with Jordan Rhodes. If I could have wished which player would be in this situation to score with their head four metres out without any pressure, then 100% I would have chosen Jordan Rhodes because it’s his biggest strength.
“But it was one of those days and for that we were unbelievably unlucky so I’m pretty disappointed, especially for the players because they are sitting in the dressing room asking themselves ‘how did we not win this game?’”
Farke made eight changes to his starting eleven to face the Premier League side and was impressed by the togetherness his players displayed.
“I trust all my lads and we have good depth in our squad and the most important thing is that everyone buys into our philosophy and there is a big commitment and whoever plays we want to dominate the game and dominate the ball, create a lot and be the better side,” he said.
The game also saw Teemu Pukki return to the pitch for the first time since picking up an injury during international break, and the boss said he was glad to have him back.
"He is a key player for us and it’s important to have him back and even in the last minutes you could see how much he can create with his movements and I think he looked really sharp," he said. "For him it was important to have a few minutes in order to be back and in really good shape for the Sheffield game.
“I was pleased with all my offensive players. I think Dennis Srbeny was there again today with a really, really good performance. Sadly, he missed a few chances but in general I just can’t praise the lads enough for this performance and hopefully we can go further on because when you perform on this level you have big, big chances to win many, many points.”
Farke also provided an update on Louis Thompson who went off injured in the Aston Villa game. He said he will be having surgery tomorrow on his shoulder after dislocating it and could face up to three months out.
Looking ahead to Norwich’s next Sky Bet Championship fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, Farke said they will be looking to pick up where they left off in the league.
“We’ve had three games in the league and three wins since the last international break and we want to go further on," he said. "But we know that Sheffield is an unbelievably tough place and they have the advantage during this week to rest a bit, so it will be a tough game. But we will be back again being rebellious, competitive and try to fight for points."