It was mixed emotions for Daniel Farke following Norwich City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
City lead twice and had a goal ruled out after a lengthy VAR deliberation but Spurs came from behind in the second-half to take a point.
Speaking post-match, Farke said: “It’s a good result against a top-class club who was in the Champions League final with a world class, experienced coach [Jose Mourinho] and top-class players.
“For a newly-promoted side to come away from their second game in three days and invest so much into these games, it’s a good point.
“Although, we are a bit disappointed several decisions didn’t go in our favour. We conceded so late and it was unnecessary but I think it’s a good point.
“It’s a good start to the second half of the season but we are a little bit disappointed it’s not three points.
Farke admitted his team were leggy and jaded late on but he was pleased that they carried on fighting until the end.
“You could feel in the second-half that we were struggling a bit because we were tired. Then a top-class club like Tottenham are able to bring top class players in [Davinson] Sanchez and [Lucas] Moura so it was difficult for us.
“It was important to show this steel and this resilience and this fighting spirit. Sadly, it was unnecessary for us to concede this penalty out of a counter. We should have kept the ball.
“After long-term injuries for my centre-backs, it was not easy for them. They had to play again today for 90 minutes and, of course in this scene, we shouldn’t have been there with the tackle.
“But it was important to show resilience in the last scenes and we were close to perhaps scoring the third goal.”
Farke offered his assessment on Pukki’s first-half strike being ruled out: “We scored the second goal and it’s tough to take that it was disallowed.
“We don’t have to speak about VAR anymore – I’ve mentioned before that no decision will go in our favour this season. For that, it’s hard to accept this goal wasn’t allowed. It’s not in the spirit of the game, if I’m honest.”