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Daniel Farke: We invested so much to turn the game

1 January 2019

Daniel Farke said his City side invested everything they had in the second half to get back into the game and pick up a point.

Farke said today's match away at Brentford was a difficult test without several key players out with injuries, and Norwich were dealt a further blow losing Marco Stiepermann and Alex Tettey midway through the game.

He said: “Brentford is a tough place to go and to drive away with a point is always a good result, especially as we had to handle a difficult situation playing without some key players – Moritz Leitner, Emi Buendia and Jamal Lewis – and during the game we had to play without Marco Stiepermann and Alex Tettey.

“So it was a difficult game and also the story of the game was not in our direction because we were back and Brentford were good in the counter attacks so it was difficult to turn the game.

"It was a really good performance and we can live with this point, but I was annoyed with some of the decisions against us because my feeling is that we were not allowed to win this game today. We should have had two penalties, but it is like it is and we have to handle it.”

City went behind 22 minutes into the game, but Farke said he was pleased with the character his team showed to fight back into the game.

“I wasn’t too happy with the first 25 minutes because I think we lost too many duals and Brentford deserved to be in the lead,” Farke said.

“But I can’t complain too much about the behaviour of my lads because at first it was difficult to have the fourth game within 11 days without several key players and the injury of Marco Stiepermann in this period, and also a clear penalty against Teemu Pukki. In the second half the situation with Jordan Rhodes was more 50/50, but there were three situations against Jordan so from the percentage you should get at least one.

“You could see why Brentford were four games unbeaten. They are much improved in comparison to two months before and they are really good on the counter attack. When this team at home goes in the lead it’s difficult to turn the game and we invested so much in the second half and had many chances. Mario hit the post with a brilliant free kick and Dennis was pretty close in the last minutes to even win this game and turn it completely.”

The City boss provided an update on the situation with Stiepermann and Tettey who both had to be subbed off with injuries.

Farke said: “Marco got a muscle injury in his quad, so we will have to wait to see how it develops and Alex Tettey felt some pain in his adductors.

“Because it was the fourth game in 11 days I was a bit tempted to rest a few of the lads, but I got the feeling we could be a bit more risky today because in the league we have 12 days without a game. I’m hoping some of our injured players are able to come back for the next league game.”

Norwich’s next game will see them taking on Portsmouth at home in the FA Cup on Saturday, and Farke said it will be a good chance for players coming back from injury to step into the team.

“We have to have some changes, not only to rest some players but also we need some recreated players on the pitch and it’s also a good chance for some lads after a long injury to get more game time," he said.

"We want to go into the next round so we don’t want too many changes in order to rest players. We will be highly motivated to try to find a starting eleven that we are able to win this game with."


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