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Daniel Farke: Even the better side can lose a game and my gut feeling is that this was the case today

Head coach Daniel Farke was pleased with the mentality and spirit his players showed in defeat to Leicester City, but admitted it was mistakes in the small margins that cost them what would have been a deserved point.

Norwich gave away a soft first goal, conceding possession in their own half, but battled back superbly to level just before half-time through Teemu Pukki. Then in the second half, Norwich were on top, but got hit by a sucker punch from Leicester City on the counter and then had an equaliser disallowed for a questionable offside decision.

“We are disappointed because we lost this game,” said Farke. “It is sometimes the most unfair sport in the world. It is more or less the only sport where even the better side can lose a game and my gut feeling is that this was the case today.

“It was as tough start to the game, we gave away an unnecessary goal due to a lack awareness, but the lads were excellent after that. We fought our way back into this game against a really dangerous Leicester side. They are always good on counters, with the likes of (Jamie Vardy) especially with a 1-0 lead. I thought we got a well-deserved equaliser and then second half, if you had asked me after 70 minutes, I would have been disappointed even with just a draw because I got the feeling we controlled all their counters.

“It was just one team trying to win this game and we created many good moments and then we got the sucker punch with their second goal. Again, we showed great mentality got an equaliser and it was a disallowed goal and even after that we kept going. It was a great performance and great mentality today, sadly the loss is not the deserved outcome and for that we are disappointed.”

Brandon Williams made his Premier League debut for Norwich City in the match, while Billy Gilmour also impressed in the centre of midfield. However, while Farke was pleased with the performance of his two loan players, he said in the finer details on both goals they could have been better by keeping possession or giving a tactical foul away.

“I would have preferred that he (Brandon) was a bit more aware in the moment that we conceded the goal because I thought he was there with an excellent performance but these little details can make a big difference and today we paid, a bit, the price for what it means when you work with many young players," he said.

“Billy is also a great player and I liked his performance but he could also be there with a small tactical foul in the situation where we concede the second goal but in general we are happy to be here with young players full of potential.

“If they know everything, without any mistakes then, probably, Brendon would only play for Manchester United and Billy (Gilmour) for Chelsea. This is why they are on loan, and we accept this. We back them and want to do well for them. They just have to go this way, learning by doing and they were both there with excellent performances, but it is the fine margins that could make a big difference.”

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