'I'm unbelievably disappointed we didn't reward ourselves' – Farke proud of Canaries despite defeat to Stoke
PUBLISHED: 22:13 06 October 2018 | UPDATED: 22:13 06 October 2018
Daniel Farke was proud of his Norwich City players despite feeling they didn’t deserve to lose to Stoke and see their unbeaten run end after six Championship matches.
It was a first loss in nine matches overall for the Canaries, with an unfortunate Timm Klose own goal diverting a Cuco Martina cross past Tim Krul in the 35th minute, as the Potters claimed their first away win of the season.
That was despite the hosts having 69 percent of possession and 13 shots at goal, with England keeper Jack Butland making saves from Jamal Lewis, Marco Stiepermann and Teemu Pukki.
“I’m absolutely disappointed because when you watch the 90 minutes and you have to judge this game, it is normally a ridiculous result – even one point would be much too little out of this position,” City’s boss said after the 1-0 home loss.
“I got the feeling it was probably our best home game, an energetic performance, we pressed the opposition, we played attacking football, played high speed, created a lot, didn’t give a chance away.
“But even out of an own goal and a deflected cross they were able to go into the lead.
“But it was anyhow that despite of this dominance we weren’t able to get over the line and into the goal, and this is what it takes to win points.
“To be honest I’m unbelievably disappointed we didn’t reward ourselves for this performance but I’m also proud of my lads because this is exactly the performance I want to see from my lads, playing attacking football, high speed football, attacking football, dominating the opponent.
“I got the feeling the players left their heart on the pitch and in the second half we didn’t lose our nerve, we went further on and were disciplined and also protected our own goal.
“Nearly everything was right but it is like it is, it was one of these days and we have to accept the loss.”
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There was also a late penalty call after Mario Vrancic was bundled over when getting on the end of a cross from substitute Onel Hernandez, with Farke also feeling it was a situation where his side deserved more.
“I don’t want to judge it, it’s a call the referee has to make,” he added. “I don’t have the feeling that close decisions were in our direction the whole season.
“I think when you judge this situation, anywhere on the pitch it would have been a foul but because it was in the box the referee perhaps in this situation was not brave enough to give a foul – and perhaps because it was late in the game.
“I think Mario was in a good shooting situation and got a hit in his back but I don’t want to comment on this situation, it was one of these days and perhaps even this decision shouldn’t have been how it was.”