Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke praised his team’s robust mentality in fighting for a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw with Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.
Coming back form behind twice thanks to goals from Teemu Pukki and Przemyslaw Placheta, the Canaries rescued a point in the 85th minute against Preston to take a point in their first home game of the season.
Speaking on the result, the boss said he believes the team deserved to win the game closer to the end, but the team will settle for the point.
“We wanted to start with a win on our first home game, a start with back-to-back wins would have made us the team of the moment.”
“When you face a really good side, a side who are definitely in the mix for fighting for the play-offs, and you equalise that late, although you miss four chances unbelievable chances, you have to say ‘okay we’ll take a point’.
“It’s a good point at home, but I have to say I’m disappointed because I think we deserved to win today."
“The chances we missed, even before the equaliser, Placheta had a great chance from six-yards and wasn’t able to put the ball into an empty goal! Thank God he kept going and equalised.
“There was a great chance for Teemu [Pukki] to score in the last minute, we would’ve wished that would turn the game completely and I think we’d have deserved it. All in all, we have to say it’s a tricky start to the season, so we have to live with a point.”
Speaking on the side’s mentality during the game, the boss made his appreciation for their attitude clear, especially when revealing the many setbacks the team faced in the build-up to the fixture.
“It’s long ago we were able to get points out of a losing position, this was one of our strengths in the last Championship campaign, late goals. It’s good that in the first home game the lads were able to deliver and able to win a well-earned point.
“After that, we tried to win this game. We substituted another striker and had the great chance and it was a more than decent save. I like this mentality because it wasn’t easy for the lads today.
“This morning we got the message that Emi Buendia wasn’t available for the game. Pretty early in the game, I had to substitute Kieran Dowell with injury, a bit of creativity was missing today.
“A penalty decision went against us and we missed unbelievably great chances, to keep going and still stick to our plan and to turn the game, I was pretty pleased with this mental attitude.
“It definitely wasn’t our best performance and we can play better football in many, many topics, but it’s also due to a short pre-season and a bumpy start, it’s quite normal. I was pleased we were at least able to save a point, many compliments for the attitude.”
“There were of course a few setbacks, Buendia and Dowell out, two of our most creative players.
“Today, we needed to force a result, we had to fight our way into this game and hopefully pretty soon we’ll play a bit better football in terms of possession, but I was quite pleased with the attitude.”
Finally, speaking on the impact of the 1000 fans in attendance, Farke was full of praise for both their discipline in sticking to the rules and their contribution to the game.
“It was great, a good first step, I think everyone was pretty disciplined and everything worked well, at least that’s what I’ve heard so far and big compliments to our supporters.
“I have to say, it was even noisier than expected from just a thousand, it was great to have them back.
“Thanks to them for the support even during difficult periods when we missed such a chance in front of an empty goal and you’re against such a decent side, you think it’s one of those days, but the supporters kept us going and was also definitely a point of them, for that it’s many compliments to them.”