Daniel Farke had no complaints with the red cards given to Emi Buendia and Josip Drmic in Norwich City’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
City were more than competitive in the first-half and created the better chances but their good work unravelled as the game approached half-time.
Buendia was dismissed on 35 minutes for a coming together on Ashley Westwood and he was followed to the dressing room ten minutes later by Josip Drmic who was shown red for a late lunge on Erik Pieters.
Speaking post-match, Farke said: “We are sitting in position 20 in this league. We finished the last home game with eight outfield players. I’m far from accusing anyone else.
“In these moments, we have to look in the mirror and have to say these two red cards were naïve, inexperienced, unprofessional, stupid – to be honest, all the words fit. One thing is for sure, these two red cards are not acceptable at this level.
“To finish a game with just eight lads, you can have the best team in the world and it wouldn’t be possible to win any points at this level.”
“We started the game exactly how we wanted. It was important today to make out of this game our game.
“We can’t compete with the physical and aerial threat of Burnley and for that, it was important to bring the ball into their half and dominate the ball and game.
“That’s exactly what we did in the first 25 minutes. We created good chance with Ben Godfrey and Alex Tettey, Nick Pope was there with some good saves.
“Burnley reacted in a way how a pretty experienced and smart Premier League side should react. They tried to break our rhythm and tried to provoke us and make things hectic.
“They tried to discuss each and every duel and tried to provoke some situations to distract us and take our focus away from this game.
“To be honest, with open eyes we walked into this trap with two red cards which, of course, killed our game.”
Despite the impact the dismissals had on the game, the City head coach was pleased with the response of his players in the second-half.
“There was a good reaction in the second-half because, with eight outfield players, it was important to stay unbelievably solid and stay in the game for as long as possible and then in the last few minutes, get a lucky punch.
“I have just compliments for the players who were on the pitch in the second-half because they defended everything and did exactly what we wanted.
“We had this one chance with Onel Hernandez but Nick Pope was there with another great save. Sadly one of the best three players on the pitch, Ben Godfrey - he was fantastic today – he was there with an unlucky own goal.
“0-2 down with just eight outfield players on the pitch, the game is then done.”
A positive to take from the match was the introduction of Christoph Zimmermann at half-time with the centre-back making his first appearance since the Premier League restart.
“It was a big risk. Timm Klose was not able to go further on, he had problems with his hamstring. We were thinking pretty carefully about this but we expected that many crosses would come in and we would need Christoph’s ability to be there.
“He was great and that’s one of the positives we can take out of this game. His performance was great and he showed exactly what we’ve missed.
“For next week it will be tricky. We have to wait what will happen with Timm Klose and Alex Tettey, he had a swollen knee after the game. He felt some pain. We also have two players [Emi Buendia and Josip Drmic] unavailable because of the two red cards.
“It will be a tricky team selection next week. But right now, I’m more annoyed and disappointed with this outcome in our last home game.”