Daniel Farke was left bemoaning “nursery” mistakes in Norwich City’s 2-0 defeat at home to Watford.
City conceded early on after Gerard Deulofeu stole possession and finished inside two minutes and they never recovered.
Andre Gray made sure of the victory early in the second-half with a deflected effort, despite Christian Kabasele being sent off just after the hour mark.
“It’s annoying and disappointing because it was not necessary to lose this game,” said the City head coach. “We dominated more or less each and every statistic.
“It looked a bit like a powerplay. We had more than 70% possession and nearly 20 shots, we created so many chances close to their box.
“But in football, it’s always defined by small margins. If we are there after one minute with a nursery mistake to score a goal, it’s pretty, pretty annoying.
“I can’t explain how we can concede such a first goal. We went into such an important game and we knew that Watford had changed to back five formation and it would be difficult to score against them.
“We still knew they would be nervous and struggling with their confidence and if you invite them to score a goal by doing a drag back to nutmeg the opponent close to own our goal and they score out of this, of course, it was a big boost for them.
“It wasn’t good for our confidence level and we struggled for the next ten minutes. After that, just one team was playing and we had 35 minutes of a powerplay.
“It was nothing to do with our attitude or mentality. We invested unbelievably again but we are making such mistakes in the best league in the world. You cannot do this.
“It’s sometimes like when you have one man less, you’ve drop even further back. It was easier for us to defend their counters but not easier to crack the last row.
“Cutting edge was a bit missing. Many situations in or around the box, we should have done more to score a goal.”
Mario Vrancic made his return to action after coming on as a 80th minute substitute and Farke is looking forward to welcoming back more of his injured pros after the international break.
“It’s good to have him back. It’s also good to have several other lads back and fully fit as well. Onel Hernandez proved today that we missed him.
“I’m also looking forward that pretty soon after the international break, I will have my defensive players back, my leaders back.”