Farke calls out shot shy City after Lions’ draw
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Daniel Farke was not ‘dancing on the tables’ but feels Norwich City picked up a valuable point in Tuesday’s 0-0 Championship stalemate against Millwall.
City again dominated possession at Carrow Road, and carved out a season high 27 shots, but lacked the cutting edge to find a way past former Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Farke was critical of his side’s lack of penetration but also happy to focus on the bigger picture, after a sixth unbeaten league game moved them up to third in the early standings.
“Not what we wanted. We are not dancing on the tables,” he said. “Millwall came very structured and very focused on defending. We didn’t give away one chance until the 95th minute, or even a counter attack, until the 95th minute when there was a strike against our bar.
“Our defending was good. Even for the smallest side in the league we handled their set pieces well.
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“We had a season record of shots, 27, so the only thing I can criticise is we didn’t show the quality to finish any of these situations.
“We were not tidy or precise enough – either with the final pass or shot.
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“When you have 27 shots, and have many one on ones against the keeper, it must be possible to score from 16 yards or closer.
“In the first half (Przemyslaw) Placheta, 18 yards out, no pressure but his finish was over the bar. Or Marco Stiepermann, 12 yards out and time to ask the keeper which corner do I put it, and it was a pass to the keeper. Emi Buendia had some other situations.
“It is not easy to deliver every three days.
“If you don’t show this quality you have to come back with a clean sheet. We did that. Not what we wanted but that is the Championship. Sometimes you take a point, six unbeaten and there were many things to like about our play.”
Todd Cantwell was a surprise absentee from the squad.
Farke confirmed after the game they are now awaiting the result of scans to assess the extent of an ankle injury suffered on the eve of the contest.
“Sadly in the afternoon session on Monday he got a tackle against his ankle,” said the City chief. “We hope it is not too bad. He had some problems when he woke up in the morning.
“We have scanned it and we hope it is not too bad. We hope he can return soon.”