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Christoph Zimmermann: We were very unlucky to lose

6 October 2018

The reaction of the home crowd following the full-time whistle of Norwich City's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City spoke volumes for the performance from the Canaries, according to Christoph Zimmermann.

An unfortunate own goal from Timm Klose was the difference at Carrow Road, despite City dominating possession and enjoying much the better chances.

Speaking post-match, Zimmermann said City's dominance and desire could not be questioned in their defeat. 

"If you see the reaction of the supporters after the game, that tells you a lot about how we played today," he said.

"It's been an unlucky loss. They might have had one shot on target in the first-half and still they won the game.

"We've tried our best and I can't blame anybody. I can't complain that somebody didn't give their best. That's why you're very disappointed with the result, especially when you have the international break for the next two weeks.

"But as I said, I can't blame anybody because the commitment was okay today. It's just very unfortunate with the result."

Despite their unbeaten run coming to an end, Zimmermann said he and his City teammates had every reason to be proud of their efforts over the past month.

"If you would have told us at the start, with five points in six matches, that we would have 13 points in [our last] six games, you would have taken it.

"But we wanted to finish with another win and three points and have a better feeling going into the break.

"You've seen throughout the [recent] games, the confidence [of the team] has been getting better and better.

"Today, we played with confidence and tried everything. We should focus on the performance today and that should give us even more confidence."

Youngsters Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell have been experiencing Championship football for the first time during City's recent run and Zimmermann was full of praise for the Academy products.

"I think they've been unbelievable, especially in this period. They've played six of seven games and it's very surprising how consistent they've been.

"The consistency been very good and I've been very proud of their performances."

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