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Daniel Farke: We were very unlucky not to win

29 December 2020

Daniel Farke felt his Norwich City side were hard done by as they drew with Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.

Bright Osayi-Samuel’s late penalty cancelled out Teemu Pukki’s opener and the City boss believed his team were unlucky with certain refereeing decisions.

“We deserved to win this game,” he said to canaries.co.uk after the match. “We played a game against a brave side. QPR in all the last games haven’t been able to win but they are always dominating possession against the best teams.

“We knew that we were there against a good footballing side today and we needed to press them high. We needed to be on the front foot and we did that.

“We had some good chances in the first-half but were not clinical enough to use them. There were two penalty incidents in the first-half that were both not given.

“In the second-half, it was about being patient and to keep going. The lads did fantastic job on a difficult pitch, QPR were defending with all they had. There were other penalty incidents not given.

“We scored a fantastic team goal with the movement of Teemu and he was ice cold enough to move the ball over to Todd Cantwell. It was an easy tap-in and then the goal was disallowed. The linesman had an idea in this situation to flag it offside.

“We had to play with a third choice goalkeeper in the second-half and the lads dealt well with all these incidents to keep going.

“Then the fourth or fifth incident, we got the penalty and Teemu was ice cold with the penalty.

“We then made one mistake in the whole game and played a too risky pass and lost the duel. We were not greedy enough to win the tackle.

“We tried everything to win this game at the end but there’s no doubt we deserved to win this game.”

Farke had to substitute Michael McGovern at half-time and bring on young goalkeeper Daniel Barden for his league debut.

“Michael McGovern felt his hamstring. I’m not sure what the actual assessment is. We totally trust Daniel coming in.

“He played against Luton in the cup game and we all knew he did a proper job.”


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