Blame game is futile for Daniel Farke

Alex Tettey sums up the mood after Norwich City leaked two late goals in Cardiff defeat. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Tettey sums up the mood after Norwich City leaked two late goals in Cardiff defeat. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke refused to indulge in the blame game after Norwich City’s 2-0 Championship defeat to promotion-chasing Cardiff City.

The Canaries leaked a late brace at Carrow Road, but Farke opted not to focus on home errors ruthlessly punished by the Bluebirds.

Farke was equally diplomatic over another contentious brush with referee Tim Robinson, who rejected strong penalty appeals for Harrison Reed’s early second-half tumble.

Robinson controversially awarded Hull City a ‘phantom’ spot-kick in Norwich’s 4-3 league defeat earlier this year, but Farke kept his counsel.

“It is not important what I think.

“It is important what the referee thinks and the head of referees,” said Farke.

“We have had Mr Robinson several times this season and he always wants to be there with a good performance.

“We know what happened at Hull. We know what happened here. I won’t comment.

“I remember at Cardiff we were also 1-0 up and early in the second half conceded a penalty for much less.

“There was a tackle and not only hitting the ball but Harry’s leg.”

City again failed to take numerous chances and were made to pay when Kenneth Zohore slotted past Angus Gunn at his near post before Junior Hoilett lashed home from Alex Tettey’s weak headed clearance.

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“No, I am not really disappointed,” said Farke.

“It was a long throw in, like Cardiff always do, we won the first header but perhaps we react too late for the second.

“Angus repaired it, we had all the men covered but from the byline he finds the goal.

“Sadly a mistake when you watch it back but that is what can happen. I won’t accuse my players.

“You can say a magic moment of Zohore and you can praise his coolness and smartness.

“I didn’t have the feeling we allowed Cardiff into the game and I didn’t get the feeling Cardiff had that self-belief and we didn’t.

When you play a side with such a good defensive record the first goal is even more crucial.

“It is difficult to win all the headers when they have nearly 10 players who are two metres tall.

“It is an annoying style but pretty tricky to play against. If we score first they have to open up and then can’t just concentrate on defence.”

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