FARKE: City chief on 2-1 FA Cup win at Burnley and why Idah and Leitner did not feature
Daniel Farke hailed a ‘well-deserved’ FA Cup fourth round win at Burnley - and explained why there was no place for the previous round’s hat-trick hero Adam Idah.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international did not travel despite his hat-trick display at Preston.
Moritz Leitner was also a notable omission. Here is what Farke had to say in his post-match briefing at Turf Moor.
On FA Cup progress
'We are happy. The fifth round, Norwich was not that successful in recent years. I have been told if we can get to the sixth round, that would be the biggest in this competition in 30 years. We are greedy and want to go further on.
'We knew Burnley is a tough place to go. A well-deserved win. The quality of our performance was top class.'
On no Adam Idah
'It felt a bit harsh on Adam because he was crucial at Preston. It was just due to the strength of my strikers if I am honest. We had a strong group. Just two changes from the Tottenham game in terms of the travelling squad. We needed a winger option on the bench with no Todd Cantwell or Emi Buendia available.
'Josh had produced some good performances for the Under-23s and in training and I needed a winger option. So the only other change was Mario Vrancic coming back in for Ibrahim Amadou, who was injured. It felt a bit harsh but we wanted to go to the next round and that is why our red hot striker Teemu Pukki was on the bench.
'But he had started the last two games after coming back from injury, two games in five days, so we could use him for 30 or 40 minutes. Then with Josip (Drmic) starting I didn't need another striker option.
'So harsh on Adam but he is in my thoughts and we have created some space for him to allow Dennis Srbeny to go. At 18, he is the third striker at Premier League level. Not a bad position to be in. I am happy with him. He is a great lad.'
On no Moritz Leitner
'Moritz, like Adam, will be disappointed. But we wanted our strongest squad at the moment. In the last league games we had to make some choices.
'Kenny McLean was fantastic at Tottenham and Alex Tettey, good as well, and they were the options on the bench for these midfield areas. It is always good when quality players are not able to make the line up.
'I am not here to win the Nobel Peace prize. I am here to win football matches and everyone has to accept my decisions. There is lots of competition. That is professional football.'