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Daniel Farke: We are disappointed because we were close to winning

26 January 2019

Daniel Farke said he was disappointed not to pick up all three points against Sheffield United after watching his team take the lead twice.

Onel Hernandez netted City’s first 11 minutes in with a second from Teemu Pukki just ahead of the hour mark, however Billy Sharp responded both times to equalise for the Blades.

Farke said: “We are a bit disappointed because we were pretty close to winning this game. We were in the lead twice and then it makes you greedy to win.

“We knew before the game it’s a complicated style to play against and I think the quality was really high. Both teams are really good attacking sides and in the end it was probably a fair result. But it is disappointing because we were in the lead and they scored two goals from Billy Sharp but when I think about the game Tim Krul didn’t have to make a save and they just had those two scenes in order to score.

“In the first half we had some really good periods, dominated the ball and created many chances and we got an unbelievable goal with one-touch passing which was brilliant. But there were also a few periods in the first half where Sheffield were able to put pressure on us so I would have preferred to be a bit more calm and precise in possession.

“But sometimes you have to accept you are against a good side. I was a bit disappointed because it was unnecessary to concede such a penalty in the third minute of added time, so it would have been much easier if we had gone into the second half in the lead.

“We had a good reaction in the second half, and we went in the lead with a terrific goal from Teemu Pukki and after that my feeling was that Sheffield tried to put pressure on us and we didn’t allow it. I thought we were much closer to scoring the third goal than they were to equalising because they had no shots on the goal.

"Sadly, there was this one situation where we didn’t have enough pressure on the ball and Billy Sharp was there with some good movement in the box to get the equaliser. We can live with this point, but I think it was possible for us to have even more.”

Despite conceding a penalty just moments before the break, the City boss said he was pleased with the reaction of his players.

“At first you are annoyed and disappointed but it’s important that you have the feeling that it is done and you can’t change what happened, we just can influence the future,” Farke said.

“We knew we played a good first half and we wanted to go further on. The mood was not bad at half time and the reaction in the second half was also good.

“It was again an amazing atmosphere at Carrow Road and we have a good unity with our fans. We need this, especially in games when the opponent is so good in their quality and so experienced.”

Two more tough games lie ahead for Norwich with the Canaries travelling to Leeds next Saturday, followed by the East Anglian derby the following week. But Farke said they take each game as it comes.

“We spoke about in this period that from the West Brom game to the Ipswich game in the first part of the season we just had two points and right now we already have five points after three games. We stay greedy and we want to go further on, but we have to play each and every game and not concentrate too far ahead. We will go to Leeds and try to be competitive there as well.”

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