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Daniel Farke: Sometimes you learn more from a loss

21 September 2019

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says that his young squad can sometimes learn more from a loss, after they were defeated 2-0 by Burnley on Saturday.

“I would prefer to learn all our lessons from wins if I’m honest,” he said. “I’m never happy with a loss, but sometimes you can learn a bit more than a great game like against Man City. This is what we have to face, this is the reality. We have unbelievably young lads who sometimes need to learn some lessons.

“We have to grow a bit, otherwise all the other clubs would be playing with a group of young players. We have to stick with them. We can’t punish them, just to make it clear that a reaction to come back into the game at 2-0 down is important. There were some positives to take, but we do have to speak about the first 15 minutes, that’s for sure.

“We should have been proactive instead of just reacting. We invited them to press us with and without the ball. This means that you sometimes cause unnecessary set-pieces.

“The reaction to going 2-0 down was okay. We put them close to their own box, dominated the game and created many chances. We hit the post and Teemu had the first big chance. Nick Pope made a world-class save, but if we had taken the lead there then it would have been a completely different game. Burnley were able to use their first chance, but my feeling was that we should have started the first 15 minutes more on the front foot.”

Norwich had an uncomfortably long injury list ahead of their win against Manchester City, so Farke won’t have been pleased to substitute Alexander Tettey off through injury.

“He felt a strain in his groin,” he said. “I think it’s a muscle injury. It was unlucky that he had to come off because he was more or less our last holding midfielder who was available. Moritz Leitner wasn’t prepared for playing such a long time, but he had to come on the pitch and put in a decent performance. In general, it’s a tricky situation but it is what it is, so it doesn’t make any sense to cry or complain.

“It didn’t help that we had injury problems before the match. Tim Krul had to stop his warm-up and came in before kick-off with back problems. We tried to get him through this game anyhow, but it wasn’t easy. He’s one of our last leaders on the pitch, so with his injury, he was a bit more concentrated on himself instead of leading the group.

“We wanted to substitute Tim at half-time because he felt the pain even more. Thankfully, he did finish 90 minutes in the end because it was important to have him on the pitch. We have to wait for the outcome of that. I hope it’s not too bad because we have too many defensive players injured.”

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