‘Maybe it was the wrong sign from me’ – City defender left to question Derby decision
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Timm Klose admitted he may have got it wrong as Norwich City’s unbeaten EFL Championship run came to an end against Derby County.
The centre-back headed the Canaries level in the second half following David Nugent’s opener on the stroke of half-time.
However, Daniel Farke’s Canaries failed to keep their discipline after working so hard to get back into the game – and ultimately went down to Sam Winnall’s 83rd minute winner.
“I want to win every game – that’s why I’m on the pitch,” said Klose, who picked up the ball and immediately ran back to the centre circle following his equaliser.
“I wanted to give the young players a sign we needed to be focused, we’re back in the game but don’t lose your head – but maybe that was exactly what we did.
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“Maybe it was the wrong sign from me. Maybe I should have celebrated a bit longer just to calm it down, and then we could talk about how we go next afterwards, when we were back in our shape.
“I wanted to show them we could win it. Unfortunately Derby were smart today.”
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Klose admitted City may have played into Derby’s hands, as they made it four home league games without a win.
“I think we started well and I think we tried to be on the front foot and go after them,” added Klose. “But sometimes experienced teams do what Derby did. They waited for us and took their chances. They had three of them and scored twice.
“I think that’s really good for them, but sometimes you have to accept the game is not running for you all the time. What we have to do is get up, learn from it and the young lads are willing to learn – so it’s up to us to go again on Tuesday (at home to Wolves).”
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That was while the game was goalless, and off the back of two more controversial decisions that failed to fall City’s way in their midweek Carabao Cup extra-time exit at Emirates Stadium.
“We don’t have to discuss the bad things all the time,” added Klose. “It was exactly the same at Arsenal. You can talk about it, but it’s over. These things are normal in a game. You can talk about video analysis, but this is part of football and that’s why you have to accept things like this.
“We should have taken the other chances we had and this is exactly what happens in this division when you don’t score, or you miss your chances.
“I think they had one chance in the first half and they scored. But that’s what I told you. They were experienced and we played into the hands a little bit maybe.”