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Daniel Farke reflects on City's Carabao Cup exit at Crawley Town

27 August 2019

Daniel Farke felt his Norwich City side were unlucky to be knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the Round Two stage at the hands of Crawley Town.

City created plenty of openings throughout but were beaten by Bez Lubala’s deflected strike in the first-half.

“It was unlucky because we were the better side,” he said. “We are disappointed because we wanted to go into the next round.

“We gave five debuts and made eleven changes and this type of game can happen when you do things like this.

“For the other team, it’s the biggest game of their year. We started well and missed a few chances but the one time they were in our half, we were there with an own goal.

“We missed some unbelievable chances, we hit the crossbar two times and had a few penalty incidents that weren’t given.”

Farke admitted he has big concerns surrounding over the fitness of centre-back Timm Klose who returned to action on Tuesday.

The defender was named in the starting eleven along with Christoph Zimmermann, but the pair were both withdrawn through injury.

“It was so important for Christoph to have a game. He needs gametime and he had to play a bit longer because I had to substitute Timm Klose in the first-half.

“Christoph took a hit against his hip flexor but I hope it’s not too bad. The first diagnosis is not too bad and it was good that he had his first minutes under his belt.

“My biggest concern is Timm Klose. It looked horrible and our concern at the moment is his ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] which would mean his season is nearly over.

“That’s my biggest concern at the moment.”

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