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Norwich City chief rages at strange penalty call in 4-3 Hull City defeat

PUBLISHED: 23:41 10 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 11 March 2018

James Maddison ends up with the matchball but on the losing side for Norwich City at Hull City. 
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James Maddison ends up with the matchball but on the losing side for Norwich City at Hull City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke was seething at Hull City's second penalty in an epic 4-3 Championship defeat to the Tigers at the KCOM.

James Maddison struck a hat-trick but finished on the losing side in a game where referee Robinson opted to award a brace of penalties for each side.

Farke had no issue with Jamal Lewis’ needless first half challenge, which allowed Hull to go in at the break only 3-2 down, but it was the final penalty of a strange contest shortly after the interval that left most in the stadium non-plussed.

Hull counterpart Nigel Adkins admitted afterwards he had no idea what the infringement was for, from a Hull free kick into a crowded Norwich penalty area - and Farke shared the same opinion.

“I got the feeling maybe four penalties in a game means a bit more time on Skysports News,” he said. “Sometimes you wait for the situation to award a fourth penalty. Normally you can wait for a corner or a free kick where there will be many duels.

“Then in the slow motion you might find someone with a hand on the shirt.

“The referee seemed to wait for this situation. In this scene, and I have watched it back, there is nothing that is even close to a penalty.

“We have to accept it. I don’t want to blame anyone for our loss but small things determine games and to concede a penalty that isn’t is not a small thing.

“No I haven’t spoken to him.

“What should we speak about? What would he say? He would say I saw a hand on the arm or the shirt. You all can watch it back.

“There is not even a hand close to the opponent. It is obviously a mistake but my players make mistakes as well.

“I am more concentrated on the mistakes my players are making and we had several.

City’s misery was compounded by a hamstring injury for influential midfielder Moritz Leitner.

“With a sprint he felt a tough pain. It doesn’t look too good,” said Farke. “I think we have to do without him for the next few weeks.

“When you score three goals in an away game, especially us, and you go away without a point it is unbelievable.

“Our defence behaviour after the first five games of the season has been outstanding. We have had clean sheets in 50pc of our games.

“But here was a special day.

“Normally we struggle to score but our defence behaviour was not good.

“The first 30 minutes was our worst defensively in many months. We had some really bad individual performances.

“Maybe that is understandable when you play with a young guy in the last row who has been outstanding but this is his first season and he is still young.

“Our tactical behaviour was also not good. Perhaps we were too concentrated on how to score and lost the focus on our base defending.”

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