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Daniel Farke: We were unbelievably unlucky

26 December 2019

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke said fate was not on his team’s side, after a host of good chances went begging for the Canaries in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

“We have to stay self-critical, but I can’t ask the lads to do much more,” he added. “We dominated the game from the first to the last second and were by far the better side, creating an unbelievable amount of chances. We didn’t allow them to have many. We had more possession and shots and won duels. We were unbelievably unlucky.”

The boss was clearly disappointed with the awarding of Villa’s goal, as Conor Hourihane scored shortly after a throw-in was seemingly incorrectly awarded to the home side.

“The only situation we weren’t switched on defensively was after a clear and obvious mistake from the referee,” Farke said. “I don’t want to use it as an excuse, but small details make a difference and the lads are human beings, so they were frustrated with the decision.

“They don’t deserve to be in the dressing room with no points.”

The league table doesn’t flatter Norwich City at present, but Daniel Farke insists his side are focused on more than just results, hopeful that replicating good performances will have the desired effect.

“We have to make sure we’re not too addicted to results to keep spirits up, even though we know we are judged by them,” he said. “But we don’t have to just pray for results, we can concentrate on the performance. There are periods when everything, including fate, is against you but you have to keep going.

“Performance-wise, we can’t play better away from home. I’m disappointed we’re in a poor position in the table, but I can influence the lads to put in top class performances on the pitch. Pundits will say it’s just about the result, but we were unlucky to lose. We will keep on going. If everything is against you it’s important to puff out your chest and keep going.

“I can’t promise what we will achieve. Maybe we lack the individual quality to turn our dominance into results. I’m proud of what the lads are doing.

“As long as the players leave their hearts on the pitch, I don’t punish them just because they have disappointing results. They’re doing fantastic in their commitment.”

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