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Christoph Zimmermann on mixed emotions after Sheffield United draw

26 January 2019

Christoph Zimmermann said Norwich City's 2-2 draw with Sheffield United was "disappointing" but added they must take the positives from the encounter.

City produced some brilliant attacking football to score their goals, Onel Hernandez and Teemu Pukki putting the finishing touches to twice give them the advantage.

However, Blades striker Billy Sharp equalised twice to ensure the points were shared at Carrow Road.

"We were up twice in the game and we've only taken one point from it, so that's disappointing and that's how the mood has been [in the dressing room]," he said, speaking to post-match.

"After all, a draw against Sheffield United is not the worst result but the way the game went, we would of course wanted to get more from it.

"I think we saw a game on a high level today. They've got their strengths, especially on the offence with how they overload the wings. They play quite quickly and have some threats in the box. It's hard to defend.

"We have our strengths as well. There were periods when we were on top and then they were. So I think we knew it was going to be a tough game and a very tight game until the last minutes and it was what we expected. Unfortunately, we couldn't take the lead until the end."

Zimmermann also felt it was important for the team to learn lessons after failing to hold out for all three points. 

"We can't change the result anymore," he added. "We need to learn from the mistakes that we made. You really need to take that lead into half-time. 

"In the second-half, the way I defended the cross - I need to do better there and we shouldn't have allowed them to have two goals so easily. 

"We worked very hard to score our goals to have a decent game so we need to take the positives into our next game because we have a tough one next week against Leeds."

Zimmermann has captained the team during the last two games, in the absence of Alex Tettey and Timm Klose.

"It is [a huge honour]. I'm very happy and proud to wear the armband, even though I know the reasons for it.

"There are a couple of players injured at the moment and not starting. It's a nice thing to do but the most important thing is to get the points because it's not that much about me and more about the results."

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