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Daniel Farke: We have conceded too many goals and we have to improve on this

Daniel Farke will be looking for more steel and a better defensive showing from Norwich City when his players take on Liverpool in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Canaries head coach was left disappointed by the goals his team conceded in a 3-1 defeat to Watford at Carrow Road on Saturday and having shipped almost an average of three goals a game so far in the Premier League this season, it is something he knows they have to improve on.

“One thing we have to do is that we need to defend our own goal better,” he said. “If we concede three goals per game, as an average, we can’t win anything on this level.

“You can argue we were also a bit unlucky and about the quality of the opponents, but the fact is we have conceded too many goals. We have to improve on this, and this is our main topic.

“We need to be harder to play against. We need more steel, and we need to be nastier. We also need a result for the confidence. It is important now to focus on Liverpool, to make sure that we improve. It won’t be that easy tomorrow because we will have a few changes as I also want to learn a little bit more about my team in order to go forward, but I want to be there with a good performance and a good result.”

Another aspect of the game against Watford that disappointed Farke was the lack of fight his players showed having gone 3-1 down. He says he can pinpoint some of the reasons why this happened but it was not acceptable and he can understand why some sections of the supporters booed the performance at the final whistle.

“It is one of the topics we spoke about in our meeting and I was not happy with this,” he said. “I think it is a bit understandable once you know you have players who are so highly motivated, perhaps even a bit over motivated, to get a result. This is because when you have momentum in a game and you concede cheap goals everyone is so disappointed. This happens to a young, more inexperienced side with several debuts on the pitch.

“I have mentioned that I was not happy with this and this is why, deep inside, I was also booing. I also have the knowledge about some individual situations of the players. I didn’t like it, but I see a bit the human being and for me that is a bit easier because I know what happens in their private lives, but the last few minutes (against Watford) were definitely a topic in our meeting.”

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