Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke didn’t want to be too negative after the side lost 3-1 to Luton Town in the Carabao Cup first-round, saying he knew it was going to be difficult to play without 15 of his first-team players.
Luton opened the scoring with a penalty in the 77th minute, to which City replied with a goal of their own in the 81st, but it was the Hatters who would progress in the tournament after following up by putting another two past the Canaries.
Speaking on the loss, Farke said although the result was disappointing, he knew it was going to be a tricky game to win without most of his usual first-team selections.
“First of all, we are disappointed because we wanted to go into the next round, we all know I’m deeply a fan of cup competition and for that I’m annoyed, disappointed. We weren’t able to use the chance today to go onto the next round.
“In general, we have to be careful not to accuse the lads too much, we knew it was a difficult game with 15 players away on international duty, so it’s like the whole first-team were more or less away.
"Additionally, we had to play without Grant Hanley, Sam Byram, Emi Buendia, Xavi Quintilla, Onel Hernandez wasn’t able to start and Timm Klose had to go off.
“It was a difficult game for us, without any doubt. It’s important to realise that’s what we have to face during the season. Each and every game on the Championship level is unbelievably difficult and small details are crucial in if you win or lose a game.
“This is the Championship, each and every little mistake can be punished and you have to be switched on, even when you’re the better team, but you have to use your chances and play without mistakes and that is why we lost today.
“It wasn’t impossible for us to win this game, it wasn’t like Luton were miles better, I think in the first-half we were the much better side, but if we wanted to reach the highest level this game proved we needed our best players.
"If I’m honest, I’d rather have this reality check for the players in the game, we had to play this game without more or less 20 players.
“It was a competitive game, of course I wanted to win this, but I knew the circumstances for this game.”
Further discussing the loss, the boss avoided negativity, saying that setbacks like this don’t define the rest of the season and can hopefully motivate City to a win against Huddersfield next week in the first game of the 2020-21 season.
“Right now, the real stuff and important stuff begins for us next week. I’m disappointed and annoyed with this result because I wanted to win this game, but on the other hand, when there is a little setback before the start, sometimes it’s not too bad and after five unbeaten games and four clean sheets we don’t lose our feet in the first-round.
“Hopefully we can bounce back in next week’s game when we play Huddersfield, another difficult game.”