Daniel Farke was pleased with the bounce back ability Norwich City showed in the 2-2 draw with Barnsley in the final game of the Sky Bet Championship season.
The Canaries went into the game having already secured promotion, the league title and record points total, while Barnsley were focused on getting a good result to take into their play-off campaign.
The hosts took the lead through a fortunate goal as Cauley Woodrow side footed home a Cartlon Morris pass after the referee had failed to spot a foul on Norwich defender Andrew Omobamidele.
However, City were level less than two minutes later as Emi Buendia headed home Max Aarons’ cross.
“You hardly see such a decision from a referee at this level, but you can’t change it, you have to accept it and I am happy that this says a bit about our maturity,” said Farke.
“My young players reacted in a perfect way. Max Aarons and Emi Buendia were not too annoyed and just tried to influence what we can influence. It was the same in the second half. We could have moaned about the situation from Kenny McLean and also from some other decisions, but we just wanted to turn this game and we tried everything in the end and showed a great mentality.”
Adam Idah was another young player who showed great mentaltity. Having scored on the opening day of the season he has had a tough campaign individually with injuries and Covid-19 absence disrupting his progress, but he came on as a late substitute to score an equaliser with his first touch.
“It has been a difficult season for Adam on an individual level and I am quite pleased that he has such a great end of the season,” said Farke. “He started the season with such a crucial goal for us at Huddersfield. We thought it could be a big season for him, but his season was interrupted by many, many injuries and unlucky Covid-19 situations and you could feel in the last 10 days he was growing more and more in training.
“He was back on his best physical level and I got the feeling today that it made sense not to play him in his usual position but a bit from the left. My gut feeling was that he could be quite lively with his pace from this position, but all credit goes to Adam because you can have an idea as a coach, but the most important thing is that the player brings this on the pitch. He has brought some energy, intensity and pace into our game. He scored a fantastic goal and could have perhaps scored a few more, but nevertheless it was important that he had such a good ending and hopefully he can take this memory, this feeling and this momentum into the next season.”