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Daniel Farke: We were so close to having a really massive win

10 April 2019

Daniel Farke said his City side were 'unbelievably disappointed' to concede so close to the final whistle, but said there are many positives to take from tonight’s performance.

Norwich turned the game after going 1-0 down in the first half, with goals in the 86th and 88th minute looking sure to secure them another three points. However the team couldn’t hold on and had to settle for a draw after conceding with 96 minutes on the clock.

Speaking to, the City Boss said: “We are of course unbelievably disappointed. We were so close to having this important win and when you are in the lead after 95 minutes then of course you want to win this home game. In the last scene of the game Reading was able to equalise and it was unbelievably disappointing.

“This is how football works sometimes and it’s not always that the better team will win the game. We had 75% possession, more than 20 shots on the goal and we created so many chances and Reading had two shots on goal and were able to score two out of this.

“After 80 minutes I would have taken a point because I got the feeling it was one of those days where you can fight and struggle and create so many chances, but it’s so difficult to score against such an organised side like Reading.

“Then we turned the game in an unbelievable manner so big compliments to the lads, but of course the end was disappointing.

“In a few hours we can say ‘ok we take this point and everything is ok’, but right now we are disappointed.”

The Canaries threw everything they had at Reading in the second half and changed their formation with Jordan Rhodes coming on for Todd Cantwell and Mario Vrancic replacing Jamal Lewis.

Farke said: “In the second half we had to take even more risks, we changed our base formation and it was important that our defensive players also tried to play risky and of course it was a brilliant display before the equaliser and a brilliant goal from Ben [Godfrey].

“And it’s also important that we are really strong in set pieces and Christoph [Zimmermann] was there with a nice header and we were so close to having a really massive win today.

“The only thing that was missing was to really use our chances. We were totally dominant and fluid and created so many chances. It’s not so easy for the lads coming in and whoever would be the first person in several weeks allowed to start it would be difficult because they are not in their rhythm. Todd was there with a good workload, created many situations and also had a good chance in the first half. I was pleased with him and also with Jordan and Mario who came in later.

“In general, it was a brilliant workload and really good performance but one of those days where you have to say it was not the fair result.”

Next up City travel to Wigan on Sunday when 5,000 Canary fans will be travelling to cheer them on.

Farke said: “It’s always brilliant to be allowed to play in front of our yellow wall and in such a crucial period we need this, especially after today when the young lads are unbelievably disappointed. We need this support and again to have this one unity at Wigan."

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