Daniel Farke said he is extremely proud of his side’s performance despite the disappointing result, and praised the energy and consistency of his players in recent weeks.
Norwich went down 1-0 in the 35th minute after an own goal from Timm Klose put Stoke City ahead, and despite dominating the game the Canaries were unable to get the equaliser.
Farke said: “We are unbelievably disappointed with this result because it was not what we deserved today. But I can also say that I am proud of the lads today because that was exactly the performance how I want my Norwich City side playing football.
“We dominated the game and ball, we played high-speed attacking football and didn’t give one chance away. To lose this game is a ridiculous result and even a point wouldn’t be enough after this performance because I got the feeling just one side were attacking and playing football. But Stoke’s defending behaviour was good and for that we have to except the loss today.
“We won the headers, we won more duals and we were totally on the front foot, but they were allowed to score out of a deflected cross and an own goal so it is one of those days where everything seems to be against you. In the last minutes I thought we could get a penalty but we have to accept it today. I am totally proud of our performance, the players left their hearts on the pitch but sometimes football isn’t fair and this was one of those days.”
Farke named an unchanged team from the last five league games, but made three second half substitutions which included bringing Onel Hernandez off the bench for the first time since his hernia operation.
“It is good for us to have Onel back because he is always able to deliver something with his pace and his ability in one-on-one situations,” Farke said. “He looked pretty energetic in many situations and also Jordan Rhodes was a threat in the box and Mario Vrancic had a decent impact.”
Despite today’s defeat, Farke said his team can be proud of their positive run in recent weeks.
He said: “I can’t praise the lads enough for the recent weeks, for the consistency in performances and results. Sometimes you have to accept a setback, but I wouldn’t say it was a setback because from the performance side it was our best home game in dominating the side.
“From the individual quality it was a Premier League side we played today and my young lads were totally able to dominate them and play them nearly out of the stadium. We have to speak about the last push in the box to be there for the second ball and to score a goal. But we have so many young lads on the pitch and they will learn to be even more effective and brutal in those situations.”
Farke once again praised the support of the Canary fans who sang through to the final whistle.
“We were again one unit and there was a brilliant atmosphere at Carrow Road,” he said. “Our fans have always the right feeling for the performance and after the game even though it was a loss at home and we were disappointed, there was lots of applause for the players. The young guys were so disappointed and they needed this support so thanks a lot for everything and well done to our fans.”
The game was the end of a busy run for Norwich, and with the international break ahead Farke said the next two weeks will be crucial for getting some energy back.
“It’s important that we rest a bit over the next two or three days, but then in the middle of the week we will train again and prepare for the next important spell," he said. "We hope all of our players who are involved in the national teams will come back in a good and healthy condition because we have to fight for each and every point in such a close league and we need them all back.”