Reffing hell! Daniel Farke fumes at fresh injustice in Norwich City’s 2-1 Championship defeat to Derby County
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Daniel Farke was adamant Norwich City were once again on the end of poor refereeing decisions in the Canaries’ 2-1 Championship defeat to Derby County at Carrow Road.
David Nugent and Sam Winnall inflicted a first league defeat in nine on Farke’s squad, who briefly got back on level terms in the second half through Timm Klose’s far post header.
But after some tough calls from the officials in the midweek League Cup exit at Arsenal, Farke again felt hard done by following a first half incident involving Josh Murphy and Rams’ keeper Scott Carson.
Referee Bankes awarded a corner to the hosts after Carson had to take emergency action when his bid to run the ball over the goalline allowed Murphy a chance to roll the ball home. The City midfielder tried to stay on his feet as Carson appeared to initially wrestle the youngster before producing a sliding tackle from behind.
“We should receive two penalties,” said Farke. “First he was pulled back and then he is a young guy and perhaps an experienced striker would go on the ground. He was hungry to score himself and tried to stay on his feet then there was a tackle from behind. Within this tackle the keeper appears to touch the ball and the referee decides to give a corner. What should I do?
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“I had to talk about decisions against Arsenal that were a determining factor. Now either Josh scores and we are 1-0 up or we receive a penalty and then probably a red card because there is no-one behind him.
“The referee decides he wants to give us a corner. Perhaps one defender could go on the line but at this level the striker is able to score. Really strange decisions this week.”
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Farke admitted Norwich simply ran out of steam after three tough games in six days.
“A really complicated game,” he said. “In the first half we did exactly what we had to do. Third game in six days and we did what we had to do against an experienced opponent. We controlled the ball and didn’t give away any chances. Marco Stiepermann hit the bar, Josh tested the keeper, Cameron Jerome had two shots plus the penalty situation.
“We just had one mistake in the 46th minute and they score a brilliant goal. You are sitting the dressing room thinking normally we play a good first half and we are behind.
“Second half, we tried everything. About 65 minutes we had to take more risks, went to a three man formation. We got the goal and I had this feeling that perhaps we had too many offensive players then and we were hungry to get the second goal.
“We wanted to turn the game completely but we didn’t have the players to protect our goal. We had chances, they had some chances and they managed to score and in the last five or six minutes perhaps we were too exhausted to respond again.”