Farke admits City punished for not killing off Eagles

Daniel Farke's instant reaction to another VAR over-rule for Crystal Palace's late equaliser said it

Daniel Farke's instant reaction to another VAR over-rule for Crystal Palace's late equaliser said it all in a 1-1 Premier League draw Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke conceded Norwich City’s lack of a killer instinct hurt him more than another VAR over-rule in a New Year’s Day 1-1 Premier League draw against Crystal Palace at Carrow Road.

Todd Cantwell's early strike looked to have sealed a vital win in the Canaries' relegation fight until Connor Wickham bundled home Wilfried Zaha's cross.

The assistant flagged for offside, but the VAR officials adjudged Christoph Zimmermann had played the ex-Ipswich striker onside.

Farke admitted he had low expectations they would rule in City's favour, once it went to the VAR officals, after a series of costly decisions against his side this season, but the head coach was more frustrated at a failure to kill off the Eagles.

"The only thing I can criticise is not scoring a second goal," he said. "We had a fantastic start against a well-structured side. It was a cool finish from Todd and our game management after that was solid. We know they have unbelievable quality with Zaha.

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"We had this header in the second half at the back post which Mario Vrancic couldn't quite get to, there was Kenny McLean's shot against the bar, Emi Buendia's free kick.

"If you don't score a second goal, then you have a player like Zaha who is rated at £50m or £60m and can produce a piece of magic. He was able to win a one-against-one situation and provide an assist.

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"I have worked long enough in football to realise at 1-0 anything can happen. But to concede an equaliser with another strange decision feels like a loss."

City have now fallen the wrong side of two VAR calls in the last two festive home games, after Teemu Pukki's strike against Tottenham was chalked off.

"What I have I learned this season is each and every VAR decision goes against us," said Farke. "I knew when they were checking the goal for Crystal Palace they would paint a nice line to show the player is onside.

"If I am honest it feels strange when I compare the last two games. Teemu started his run for the goal at Tottenham a yard behind his marker. Then in this game they put a little line when Christoph Zimmermann's toe nail is maybe closer to the goal.

"If you can guarantee that the line is exactly drawn at the moment the ball is played then you have to accept it. I am not sure if you can.

"Anyone who watched this scene would say it was offside. Everyone in the stadium, even the referee and the assistant, felt the same thing."

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