‘If we had played with our U23s at Chelsea and lost 9-0 we still had no guarantees’ - Daniel Farke defends selection policy after Blades’ loss

Ivo Pinto's looping header was not enough to prevent Sheffield United beating Norwich City 2-1 at Ca

Ivo Pinto's looping header was not enough to prevent Sheffield United beating Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke insisted he would not have changed his FA Cup approach at Chelsea after a 2-1 Championship home defeat to Sheffield United at Carrow Road.

Farke made only one change to his starting line up from the spirited midweek penalty shoot out loss at Stamford Bridge - Alex Tettey replacing Mario Vrancic - but City looked lethargic for long spells against a visiting team who had five extra days to prepare.

James Wilson and Clayton Donaldson scored in each half, with Ivo Pinto replying, but Farke was adamant with hindsight he would not have adopted a different tactic against the Premier League champions.

'I would do the same,' he said. 'I got the feeling you can not compare this with the Arsenal (League Cup) situation. We could handle the load this week.

'If we had not conceded in the first minutes I think the confidence of Chelsea would have continued but when you go behind you feel the tired legs.

'We have no guarantee if we had played with our Under-23s at Chelsea and had a loss of 9-0 or something that we had a guarantee to be successful for this game.

'It was a special moment for our club at Chelsea and a way to represent the club and our supporters.

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'Yes, individual mistakes have cost us. 100pc. We are really disappointed because we wanted to continue this run in the league; to keep the distance to Sheffield at six points. Now it is nine points.

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'I think we were well-prepared for this game but it was such a tough week.

'After 120 minutes at Chelsea it is really important to be concentrated and play without poor mistakes, especially in the start of the game.

'We had the ball and there was no need to give away a corner. Then the ball is crossed and deflected three times and finds a way into the goal.

'Then you have in your mind the last few home games. Always the same, the opponent goes in the lead and you have to turn the game.

'Then you can feel the heavy legs and for the first 30 minutes we were really struggling. We were not quick enough in our heads with and without the ball.'