Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says there’s no room for complacency in the Premier League, with the finest of margins making the difference between a win and a defeat.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk after City’s 2-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, Farke gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance.
“We have to accept the defeat,” he said. “Brighton deserved to win because they had more chances. We weren’t too far away from having a good result because our setup for 60 to 70 minutes was quite solid. We had the best chance of the game with Marco Stiepermann hitting the crossbar.
“At this level, it’s always important to take the lead. When you’ve got a clean sheet in an away game after 70 minutes, you’re greedy to drive away with some points. I was disappointed with conceding the first goal and that was crucial today.
“I don’t want to complain about fate or speak anymore about injuries, hitting the crossbar or VAR decisions. It doesn’t help to complain. You have to speak about things that we can do better. The first goal was an easy-to-defend throw-in, so we have to be sharper to block the cross.
“Now we have to make sure this result doesn’t wreck us too much. All the lads are disappointed because they invested so much and showed great mentality. It’s important that we show strong character and mentality right now and prepare for each game to be competitive.”
There was some good news for City ahead of kick-off, with Tom Trybull and Onel Hernandez both being named in the starting lineup for the first time this season.
“It’s good to have Tom and Onel back,” Farke added. “They can’t be world-class in their first game for several months, but it was important for them to gain minutes because now they’re one hundred percent back in business.
“We will be even more competitive when at least a couple of the centre-backs come back, but it’s important to be realistic and today we have to accept the loss.”
As for City’s hopes going forward, Farke reminded us of what we’re up against, insisting that there’s no chance of Norwich raising the white flag.
“We were a newly promoted side who didn’t spend any money, unlike the other clubs. We had to invest in the infrastructure, which is important for the mid and long-term future of the club. We’re favourites for position 20 and you’re more likely to be successful when you spend millions of pounds, but we have to fight with our tools.
“We won’t raise the white flag. We had an unbelievably tough period of injuries to key players but have shown that we’re not too far away from having good results, like we did against Manchester City, Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth.
“It’s about fine margins and I hope we can add the last few percentages to attack the games a bit more, but we have to be self-critical because even today it was possible to gain at least one point.
“Each and every game is big, and we always need the support, especially for the young lads. Of course, they are disappointed because, even if you put in a good performance, when you’re involved in conceding goals it drags you down.
“It’s up to me and the coaching staff to make sure that we’re not too down.”