Farke rues City’s lack of ‘brutality’ after Newcastle stalemate

PUBLISHED: 22:26 01 February 2020 | UPDATED: 07:24 02 February 2020

Grant Hanley goes airborne in Norwich City's 0-0 Premier League draw against Newcastle United Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Grant Hanley goes airborne in Norwich City's 0-0 Premier League draw against Newcastle United Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke admitted Norwich City’s lack of a killer instinct proved costly in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Newcastle United.

The Canaries carved out 20 chances but were unable to find a breakthrough at St James' Park in a result that left them seven points adrift of safety.

"We are totally disappointed with the result. A clean sheet and a point at Newcastle is not a bad result but we wanted more," said Farke. "It was a top class performance.

"They delivered everything I asked of them. We controlled their physicality, we created chances from every topic - counters, set pieces, open play. More like from the first second to the last we controlled the game.

"The only thing that was missing was we couldn't bring the ball into the rectangle. That is crucial to win a football game. But I can only compliment the spirit, the attitude and the performance we delivered.

"We are sad with the outcome.

"In football there is no right or wrong way to play. You can't compare the two clubs in terms of the quality they are able to bring in in the window. Players like (Valentino) Lazaro or (Nabil) Bentaleb I know from Germany and they are top class players.

"We are a self-funded club who have spent barely a £1m so you can't really compare us. We try our best. We work with our tools.

"For a young side sometimes you miss this quality to be so brutal in using your chances but I ask them to keep going, to show steel and we had so many chances because of how we played. We were just not clinical enough.

"We have to accept we travel back with a clean sheet but not the perfect outcome."

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