City boss explains ‘clear and obvious mistake’ which left him furious after Villa’s cruel winner
PUBLISHED: 00:10 27 December 2019 | UPDATED: 00:10 27 December 2019
An incorrect throw-in decision in the lead up to Aston Villa’s winner may have left Daniel Farke fuming but the Norwich City boss was still proud of his team’s performance as big chances were missed in defeat yet again.
The Canaries slipped to the bottom of the Premier League table after a 1-0 defeat, after another impressive display lacked goals, leaving them six games without a win.
"Of course you are always frustrated and disappointed when you lose a game, that's for sure, but I also have to say that I'm pretty proud of our performance because I can't ask our players for more," said the German.
"I think it was a game when we dominated from more or less the first to the last minute, we won almost every statistic: more possession, more shots on target, won many duels, created many chances and looked unbelievably solid in terms of defending.
"The only scene perhaps in the whole game when we were not switched on was perhaps when our defending was after a clear and obvious mistake by the referee, so it's tough to take.
"We can be pretty proud of our performance and our bravery to deliver this performance, I can't ask the lads for more, they left their hearts out on the pitch, they played football with bravery, with commitment.
"In the end perhaps we can speak about that we lacked the last little bit of individual quality in order to convert one of our chances into a goal, but it is like it is and it is of course not easy for us at this level, we are the only self-funded club."
Farke had calmed down significantly since full-time, after substitute Conor Hourihane swept in a winner in the 64th minute after a disagreement over a throw-in that left Tom Trybull on the floor after a tussle with Villa right-back Ahmed El Mohamedy.
As the hosts celebrated a goal which brought an end to a four-game losing streak deliriously, the City boss was shown a yellow card for his furious reaction that left his assistant Eddie Riemer having to hold him back.
"I think the situation was clear," he clarified. "Konsa played the ball over the line, we had the throw-in deep in their half and perhaps the only two people in the whole stadium who got this decision wrong were the assistant referee and the fourth official, who labelled it a throw for Villa.
"To be honest, we are all human beings, but when you then realise that the centre-back takes the ball in order to avoid a quick throw for us and runs into his own half to stop us taking a quick throw-in, at least at this moment you should realise you are making a clear and obvious mistake.
"El Mohamedy is an experienced player, he knows what to do, he put Tom Trybull in the stands, grabs the ball and then is there with a quick throw and we played further on.
"From this moment we didn't touch the ball and they scored the only goal. Of course we have to be a bit more switched on in this situation, because I think there were 10 or 15 seconds from the throw which is obviously wrong, until they scored.
"I will concentrate on organising and that we have to be switched on, and tell my players that small details can make a huge difference. This was not a small mistake, it was an unbelievable mistake at this level."