What do we do? Give up? Farke sounds bullish note after City’s 3-0 Saints’ humbling
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Daniel Farke admitted Norwich’s naivety was ruthlessly exposed by Southampton on Friday night in a sobering Premier League return behind closed doors at Carrow Road.
Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Canaries’ old boy Nathan Redmond cashed in on poor home defending to inflict a 3-0 defeat that left rock-bottom City seven points from safety.
The Canaries’ boss must now attempt to pick up his squad for Everton’s upcoming visit to Norfolk.
“We wouldn’t be dancing on the tables if we had won so by the same token we are not going to give up now,” he said. “We have to accept this loss after our second half performance.
“I made it clear we needed five wins before this game. That stays the same. Once you lose the first game it obviously makes it more difficult.
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“I expected more. We wanted to start with a win and I trust my players.
“I believed they could win this game. There will be no accusations from me. We put a lot of offensive players on the pitch and you can’t expect to over-run teams on this level or blow them away because they have so much quality.
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“Southampton had that quality to be effective. We will be disappointed for a day but we must keep going.”
Farke had to endure another double defensive injury blow on the eve of the game, with Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann both ruled out for the season and Saints were in the mood to punish the depleted hosts.
“With so many offensive players on the pitch our defensive behaviour was not good enough,” he said. “The first goal we had five against two in our box and a player like Danny Ings will always be dangerous.
“Then the second is a counter. Redmond slips in Armstrong, who has four players around him, and we are not able to stop him.
“We were not solid enough.
“After those setbacks and the difficult moments before the game, with the injuries and the situation with Marco Stiepermann, you could see the belief fall away. We were not able to turn this game.
“Southampton were the better side.
“We have to get the belief back. If you start on the front foot you have to score and the momentum changes. With so many key defensive players injured we have to go this way.
“It will always be difficult if we do not use our chances because then you need to play with no mistakes at the back. You are asking some young, inexperienced players to try and be solid but that is the reality we face.”