Norwich City boss Daniel Farke responds to Chris Wilder’s ‘disrespect’ jibes after Sheffield United win
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Daniel Farke rejects any accusastion the Canaries were out to time waste in Saturday’s 1-0 Championship victory at Bramall Lane, after giving his first reaction to Chris Wilder’s barbed post-match comments.
Farke remained diplomatic when he spoke to the media on Monday afternoon ahead of the League Cup trip to Brentford but reiterated his view City were not the guilty party.
“I heard about this topic and there were some comments and accusations,” he said. “I won’t comment but in general it is always good and necessary after a game just to concentrate on the football. Especially if you lose because otherwise it seems a bit ridiculous and you are searching for excuses of whatever. In general, it is always good to concentrate on your job and that is what I am doing. I won’t be drawn on accusations. I just have compliments for Sheffield United in the last few months. They have done a brilliant job, not lost once at home since January.
“Chris Wilder has done a great job. I wish them all the best for the future. I was really pleased we could win this game because I am 100pc sure not many teams will win at Sheffield United. After a game it is important what happens on the pitch is left there and you shake hands.
“Afterwards I went to the referee’s room and although I was not happy with some of their decisions I shook their hand and said, ‘thank you for the game. I said it was a difficult game for us and he thanked me that our bench was nice and calm during the game.’ I also went to the manager’s office and Chris was not there. Perhaps he was preparing for the press conference. I spoke to his staff and they said there were a lot of emotions and they said sorry if some words were said but I told them it is football. On the pitch when there is passion this can happen but everything is okay.”
Wilder was adamant, whe he spoke to the media after the game on Saturday evening, Norwich had deployed time-wasting tactics.
“In that topic, I totally have to deny that we were time-wasting,” said Farke. “Of course, when you have the lead you are not sprinting to take a throw in or a corner. That is quite normal. No player in the whole world would do this. You have to be smart. We didn’t receive one yellow card for time-wasting. For sure, there was throwing of the bottles near our keeper and it was a really dangerous situation. He was cool for a young guy and brought this bottle to the referee.
“That is not time-wasting. James Maddison was booked when he was injured when we normally get a penalty. He was not able to run out. I can’t see we were there in an unfair way. We handled everything in this emotional atmosphere well and I am really proud of my players.”