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Daniel Farke: We need to learn from Stoke draw

22 April 2019

Daniel Farke hopes his players learn from a 20/25 minute spell just after half-time in their 2-2 draw with Stoke City.

Onel Hernandez gave the Canaries the lead in the first-half but City conceded just after half-time when Ashley Williams nodded home from a corner.

Teemu Pukki regained the lead for City but the scores were soon level once more when Tom Edwards drilled home from just outside the box.

Farke believes his team’s level dropped during the spell after the interval and he’s urged them to learn from it with just two games left this season.

“We were of course hoping for a win to make our life more easy but success never comes easy, especially when you want to play in the flagship of the country, the Premier League,” he said to post-match.

“It’s never like you press a button and it happens. You have to go the hard way, and this is what we are doing at the moment.

“We were fantastic in the first-half and played some terrific football. It was totally deserved that we were in the lead.

“But I was a bit concerned. We should have made a bit more out of our dominance in the first-half because a small situation can always change the momentum of a game.

“Sadly, this situation came pretty close after half-time when we conceded from a corner. Then the 20/25 minutes after that, we were not on our best level.

“We were a bit nervous and this 25 minutes cost us in the end. We will have learn out of this, especially our young lads.

“You have to be really switched on. To be honest, we were not really focused and not aware. There were mistakes but when this happens in football, you have to go again and show your chest.

“We were not on our best level and we will speak about this. We have to take it right now.”

Despite the setback of the second equaliser, Farke felt there was only going to be one winner in the closing stages.

“In the last 15/20 minutes, we put a lot of pressure on them. We were close to be there with the final goal.

“It could be a pivotal, crucial point in the end so it was important we didn’t concede in that spell.”

Tom Trybull was withdrawn early in the second-half and Farke revealed the midfielder picked up a knock.

“Tom rolled his ankle. It’s pretty painful and we had to substitute him. It was a moment that didn’t help us because he has experience and ability to control the centre.

“We can’t change this situation and we will have to see how this situation develops.”

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