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Daniel Farke: We didn't win our duels

23 February 2020

Daniel Farke blamed Norwich City’s inability to win crucial duels as a prime reason behind their 3-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

Wolves were clinical throughout the fixture at Molineux, especially in the first-half when they went in 2-0 up despite only having two shots on target.

City, on the other hand, lacked a cutting edge in both boxes and were soundly beaten.

Daniel Farke said to canaries.co.uk: “We missed a chance today, without any doubt. We had a chance to win points and we started really, really well.

“We were on the front foot and dominating but I was not happy with our body tension and our sharpness to win the duels in the final third.

“When you play such a solid side like Wolverhampton who are there with their fourth clean sheet in a row, it’s also important out of your dominance you are greedy to score.

“My feeling was that our approach was good and our tactical behaviour was good but we didn’t have the sharpness to win the duels in the final third.

“It was more like the other way around for them. The first time they were in our half after nearly 20 minutes, we had a six-against-two situation against them in our box and they were able to score.

“It‘s a lesson my offensive players can learn and it’s important that we are switched on when a chance comes to get our reward."

Farke brought Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis into his starting eleven and he was pleased they got minutes into their legs.

“I don’t want to accuse my defence too much today. I had to make two changes to my back four and it’s not easy. For Ben Godfrey, he came into the starting eleven for the first time in ten weeks.

“It was the same for Jamal Lewis as well. It was not easy for them to come in but they needed this game and the minutes.”


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