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Daniel Farke: The result was harsh on us

22 January 2020

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says the Canaries were unlucky to come away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium without at least a point on Wednesday night.

“The result was harsh on the team,” he said. “We play football games in order to win points and the outcome is a loss, so we’re disappointed. I couldn’t ask for more because we travelled in a difficult situation without Emi Buendia or Ben Godfrey, who were fantastic in the last game.

“To deliver such an away performance at Tottenham, who could bring Eriksen, Dier and Fernandes in, everyone had the feeling in the second half only one team were close to winning the game. Then, it was a sucker punch with a deflected strike which is harsh on the team. Everyone is disappointed but we can deliver performances and today it was fantastic, so I just have compliments for the lads.

“When I have to praise them, I do and when I have to criticise them, I do. It’s difficult for us to be competitive on this level with our opportunities but I think we were fantastic. We needed to score a goal in the first half because we had five big chances. Sadly, we were punished because we took too much risk in build-up and unnecessarily lost the ball, but we play with young lads because we don’t have money to bring experienced players in.

“Todd’s performance was fantastic but sadly he lost the ball in the build up to the first goal. We have to support them, and he has to learn. You have to back them when they leave their hearts on the pitch and that’s what Todd did. The team came back and put pressure on them to equalise. We had momentum so then to concede was harsh and they don’t deserve it.

“Football isn’t always fair, and you have to accept the outcome, but if we go further with this kind of performance and spirit, no-one can blame us. We ask ourselves why we are punished when we deserve a win or at least one point, so it’s difficult to take, but we have to keep on going and stick together. Sometimes, you can celebrate something extraordinary in the end.”

One talking point ahead of kick-off was that Lukas Rupp was making his first start in a Norwich City shirt, having come on as a substitute for his debut against AFC Bournemouth on the weekend.

“It was a top first game for Lukas and his workload was fantastic. It was important for our balance and, keeping in mind he hadn’t played much in recent months, it was a really good performance and I’m happy we were able to sign him permanently for the future of the club. He showed great quality and character.”

Finally, the boss added that City fans can expect a rotated lineup for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Burnley, with fixture congestion and travel taking its toll on the energy levels of regular starters.

“We need to change the team for Burnley. The turnaround from Saturday afternoon to Wednesday evening wasn’t a problem, but now we will arrive back at Norwich in the middle of the night and have just two days between the games. We have a proper squad so we will use it to bring fresh energy on the pitch in order to win the next game.”

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