Daniel Farke says that Norwich City deserved more from their game against Watford on Tuesday night.
Going 1-0 up in just four minutes due to a top corner curled effort from Emi Buendia, the Canaries then went on to lose 2-1, a Danny Welbeck overhead kick as the winner.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, he said: “I feel really sorry for the lads because our situation even before the game was, let’s be honest, pretty hopeless. Nevertheless, we wanted to go out and to fight for the points and that’s exactly what we did today.
“I think we were the better side in many, many topics. We had more possession, we had more chances, shots, won many more duels, we invested a lot. We have to then accept that the quality of the other team, it’s not the best in the league, but the quality of their individuals is a little bit higher and for that I can’t accuse my lads.
“I feel really sorry for them because they deserved more out of the game. For example, compare the situation of the second-half, a counter situation, an unlucky touch from Max Aarons and an overhead kick from Danny Welbeck from 12-yards top corner, then at the other end of the pitch Adam Idah is off by a yard.
“How can we accuse such a young lad, a 19-year-old with a bright future and a great lad, then on the other hand an experienced player on this level and internationally.
“I think when you compare the two situations, you have to say we should have scored and not them and we could’ve won this game. They had the better individual quality and we have to accept this.”
“I wanted a spirited performance and a brave and dominant performance, that’s what we did. If we are then lacking individual quality, we have to hold our hands up and say we accept this because we cannot expect this from our young lads or those playing their first season in the Premier League.”
Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann both found their way back into the starting line-up, the duo such a key part of Farke's Championship winning side last season.
Speaking on the pair, Farke praised the two midfielders: "I love those lads; we all have the memories in our heads of what they created together with us in the last season. Mario was brilliant and the icing on the cake in finishing and Marco was probably the best number ten in the Championship, but right now we’re playing on a different level.
“I’m not accusing the lads; Marco was involved 21 times in a Premier League game and Mario 17 times.
“They are great lads and always great when we can dominate possession, Mario is a genius in set-pieces or when you want to crack a deep-defending opponent because he feels a pass. His football brain is, even on this level, world-class.
“They want to play each and every game, they know this, but their behaviour in the group is top-class. I’m pretty happy that we have them, not just for the short-term, but for the medium and long-term future and for that I’m pleased.”
Finding it in the fourth minute, Buendia earned a well-deserved first goal this season, which Farke described as his reward for having such improved teamwork over the campaign.
“He’s had difficult spells, but I’ve got the feeling he’s learned his lesson and right now he’s working with much more discipline and workload for the team.
“If you play with this team spirit, you’ll get your reward, that’s what he deserved today, he’s been working pretty hard during the last games and it was good for his confidence.
“He forgets he’s a young lad playing his first season on this level, we got him from the second-tier in Spain. Even the top clubs in Spain would’ve thought he’s top class at this moment and would sign him, but no we signed him, thank God we did.
“He was brilliant in the last season and had some great games in this season, was lacking a bit of consistency but that’s normal for a young player, meanwhile he’s developing and I think will learn a lot from this and if he goes on with these performances he will have a bright future.”