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Daniel Farke: Brentford loss will be good for us

25 July 2019

Daniel Farke doesn’t want to dwell on his team’s first defeat of pre-season against Brentford and admitted it could be a blessing in disguise.

City were beaten 3-1 by their west London opponents at a sweltering Colney Training Centre, bringing to an end their unbeaten start to pre-season.

However, the Canaries’ Head Coach wasn’t concerned about the defeat: “It was a tough test but a good test. We knew Brentford are a good Championship side and for that, it was clear even before the game they were desperate to come here and they were pretty close to the start [of their season].

“It was spotlight game for them and for that, we knew it would be a tough test today. Of course, you’re never happy with a loss but there were some reasons for this result in the end.

“I don’t want to go too deep with it. I’m never happy with a loss because I want to win each and every game and I’m annoyed that we lost this game but on the other hand, as a coach and when there’s a setback in pre-season, it’s not too bad in order to be sharp again.

“In the second-half, we played more or less in their half but sadly one time we missed the ball and they were there with a counter and scored the [second] goal.

“We then conceded from a free-kick in the wide area and we missed a few chances. We could have had a couple of penalties but it is like it is. We accept the result.

Farke welcomed Timm Klose into the side for his first minutes of pre-season and the City Head Coach was delighted to have him back.

“He looked good. It’s great to have Timm back. It was also good to have Josip [Drmic] back after he missed a week. It was also good for Sam Byram to get more minutes.

“Several lads who had lots of minutes in Germany were rested like Grant Hanley, Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons.”

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