After Norwich City pushed Manchester United all the way in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Carrow Road, Head Coach Daniel Farke spoke to canaries.co.uk about his pride in the display.
“We’re disappointed with the outcome,” he said. “We left our hearts out on the pitch in order to get into the next round. We wanted to create history. It feels harsh after this performance.
“I have to compliment my players on their workload, commitment, desire, and quality of them and the way we handled the game. They were fantastic against the team of the moment who had all their players fit and available.
“We had many periods with the momentum on our side and we deserved to win it in 90 minutes. The red card was an unlucky situation and changed the momentum. To lose it feels harsh, but the lads can be proud of this performance.”
The equalising goal came by way of a lovely, long-distance strike from Todd Cantwell, and Farke was delighted to see the Academy graduate show his end product.
“I’m pleased for Todd because it was a bit of a dry period for him in terms of goals,” he said. “Goals are always good for the self confidence of offensive players. When you work hard and can be disciplined in defending, you deserve to have a little bit of luck.
“You have to keep working for the team and then the goals will come to you. On the long-term, you get what you invest in.”
Looking ahead, the team will hope to take positives from the performance going into the final seven Premier League games, fighting for points to keep survival hopes alive.
“It was more or less the worst possible outcome - losing after 120 minutes,” Farke admitted. “We have to take the positives. We looked pretty solid in defending against a top class side. If we are disciplined, we have a chance against the best sides in the league.
“It should give us confidence that we’re capable of winning points. We can deliver performances like these, even if we can’t get enough points.”