‘I told the ref I was on fire’: Daniel Farke savours Norwich City’s thrilling Championship comeback in a 1-1 draw against Hull City
PUBLISHED: 07:56 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:08 15 October 2017
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Daniel Farke admitted raw emotion got the better of him after a ticking off from the referee following his on-pitch celebrations for Nelson Oliveira’s 96th minute Championship equaliser against 10-man Hull City.
City’s German head coach was threatened with being sent off by Mr Stroud for his exuberance in the dying moments of a game that stretched his squad’s unbeaten run to eight matches after Oliveira’s close range back heel cancelled out Nouha Dicko’s first half goal.
“It was a kind word from the referee,” he said. “I was really quite anxious at the time because in my whole career as a head coach, nearly 10 years, I was never sent off so I am proud of that. But I was on the pitch celebrating because I was a little bit on fire in this situation. He could understand. He said, ‘Listen, if you do it again I have to send you to the stand.’
“I said to him, ‘Listen, if I have to do that again I will go in the stand because it would mean we had won the game.’ I was totally happy for the lads. Normally it would be ridiculous not to win this game. We had 75pc possession, 25 shots on goal to six or whatever.
“We won 65pc of all our duels and normally it is the defending team who win those. Sometimes small situations determine games and in that situation in the first half we were really sloppy to concede a goal, because we had an overload of four against one.
“You feel it is only a matter of time before we score. We had a brilliant chance with Yanic Wildschut that was like the Hull goal. He was all alone in front of the keeper but he was much too nervous and shot too early.
“We hit the post as well and it was so difficult. We had problems with injuries and several times we changed our base formation in the game to try and create chances. It is a proof of our working attitude, our togetherness. Whatever happens on the pitch, whatever the setbacks on the pitch, we want to stay unbeatable.”