'If I give you my honest thoughts I would be fined by the FA' - Raging Daniel Farke on the warpath
PUBLISHED: 08:40 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:40 02 December 2017
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Daniel Farke laid the blame for Norwich City's 3-1 Championship defeat to Cardiff City at the referee.
A fuming Canaries’ head coach had to bite his lip to avoid what he claimed might be an FA rap, after the Bluebirds hit back with two second half penalties - albeit Angus Gunn foiled Joe Ralls the second time around from the spot.
Farke insisted both decisions were the wrong call and also felt referee Andy Davies missed a clear foul on Mario Vrancic in the build up to Cardiff’s decisive third goal.
Marco Stiepermann put the visitors in front before Ralls, Junior Hoilett and Omar Bogle extended Norwich’s winless league run to seven games.
“I am not willing to comment on the second half because if I gave you my honest thoughts I would be fined by the FA, 100pc,” he said. “I think it was quite obvious to anyone in the stadium what happened and the reason why we lost. I have to be careful a little bit.
“None of my lads has to be criticised because their performance was brilliant. The loss was for other reasons.
“I always speak to my players about small things determining games like a bad pass or a bad decision.
“We concede a goal after 47 minutes when we haven’t given one situation away.
“The cross came in and no-one can tell me right now where the foul is. It was a foul on my player, Ivo Pinto. You can watch it again. I wouldn’t expect a free kick but I also wouldn’t expect a penalty.
“It was a determining situation for the whole game. It was a present for them without a mistake by us.
“The second penalty, even the player came to me after the game and said he was sorry, he slipped.
“The third chance they had a shot against the bar that came from a free kick, which wasn’t a foul for me.
“Fourthly, we tried to put pressure on them and Vrancic was tugged on his shirt on a counter and didn’t give us a free kick and they go up the other end straight away and score the third goal. Frustrating. Totally frustrating.”
Farke admitted his side should have been further ahead at the break.
“I thought the first half was a brilliant performance from my lads,” he said. “We faced an opponent who is unbeaten in their home games and we didn’t give away one goal, we scored a beautiful goal and three or four chances to get a second.
“We had a couple of situations in the box. Josh Murphy got into the box and stayed on his feet. Nelson Oliveira was close to a penalty as well when he was in a brilliant shooting position and he had a two-on-one with Wes Hoolahan.
“We made one mistake in the second half when Josh lost the ball and stopped playing. The ball deflects back to their player and it is 2-1. He has to learn.”