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Daniel Farke: The result was very harsh on my team

3 October 2020

Daniel Farke bemoaned his Norwich City side's lack of fortune after seeing them hit with a late suckerpunch at home to Derby County.

City dominated for large periods at Carrow Road and even missed a penalty in the second-half, Teemu Pukki losing his footing at the crucial moment and seeing his effort miss the target.

Wayne Rooney struck a late free-kick to punish the Canaries for their missed opportunities.

Speaking post-match, Farke said: "When you concede a suckerpunch like we did at Bournemouth, you can’t explain how you lose such a game.

"Then you think next time the sun will shine on your side but then you concede another suckerpunch, you cannot explain why it’s happened.

"This is how football works at times. One team was putting on pressure and trying to win this game and just one team was playing, the other team was pretty spirited but just trying to survive.

"They didn’t create one chance the whole game. We missed unbelievable chances, the penalty, Max Aarons out of five yards, Jordan Hugill as well, another great save from the goalkeeper.

"One team was trying to win the game. We took many risks and had many offensive-thinking players on the pitch. We had three strikers on at the end because we wanted to go for the win.

"Then there’s one situation very late. It was an unnecessary loss of the ball and we needed a tactical foul. The foul was too late and they had a free-kick situation. Wayne Rooney, in this topic, is still top class. He’s proved this several times in his career.

"Of course, it feels harsh not to win this game. Bournemouth and today, we need to be there with six points, at least four points.

"To be here with 0 points from this game feels very harsh but that happens in football sometimes and you have to accept it.

"It’s very tough on my players today."

Ben Gibson made his debut for the Canaries and look assured at centre-back.

"Ben Gibson was top class and was crucial in us not giving many chances away," added Farke. "He totally deserved to return back to the dressing room with a clean sheet and was nothing to do with the goal we conceded.

"I’m pretty pleased with him today."

As for improvements moving forward, the City boss wants to see his team be more clinical in front of goal.

"The only thing I can accuse my lads of today was that we weren’t brutal enough in front of goal. In the key moments of the game, you have to be fully convinced and brutal to score.

"I think we played in front of the box too complicated. We needed to take responsibility and we have to be a bit self-critical about this."

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