TEAM NEWS: Farke in ‘much better mood’ for City’s trip to Wigan after reflecting on emotional Reading draw
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Norwich City have already shaken off their ‘hangover’ from last night’s dramatic draw with Reading and are focused on keeping their promotion push on track at Wigan, head coach Daniel Farke has said.
The Canaries looked to have one foot in the Premier League after two goals in three minutes sparked chaotic celebrations at Carrow Road, with Ben Godfrey and Christoph Zimmermann firing City 2-1 in front late on.
However, the lowly Royals salvaged a point to boost their survival hopes in the seventh minute of injury-time, to deny the league leaders a ninth successive win – and moving nine points clear of third place with five games left.
Farke spoke to the media this afternoon as his players prepare for a trip to Wigan on Sunday, for a televised midday kick-off, and was able to focus on the positives after some time to reflect on an emotional evening.
“In general, to have 25 out of a possible 27 points is outstanding, it’s top class, I can just praise the lads and in general our performance was again really good,” the City chief said.
“I wouldn’t say our best game, not world class, but in many topics really good, but also our commitment, our desire, how we were able to turn the game, to stay disciplined, although we were back for such a long period in the game, was outstanding, also the ability to turn the game with two late goals.
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“Again it was a great atmosphere but I have made it clear several times that football can be the most unfair sport in the world, it’s not always a given that the better side is able to win a game.
“It is like it is so we won our statistics, and especially after this story of the game, it’s normally ridiculous that you don’t win this game but sometimes you have to handle such a situation.
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“Of course we were disappointed yesterday immediately after the final whistle because when you concede an equaliser in the seventh minute of extra-time it’s of course disappointing.”
Farke said there are no fresh injury issues on the back of the game, with Marco Stiepermann among the players nursing minor bumps but expected to be fine to play on Sunday.
The players will have a quiet day on Friday before a final training session on Saturday and travelling to the north-west to stay overnight and ensure they are ready to go against the struggling Latics, who have only lost four home games in the league this season – conceding just 19 in 20 games.
The German coach continued: “In general the next day is even worse and a bit like a hangover but to be honest when I woke up this morning I was in a much better mood, because I watched the game back immediately after the game and it was more like, one point in the context of the game, we are still in a brilliant position but even more so I can’t accuse my players, we did everything that was possible.
“Sadly we had 24 or 25 shots, missed an unbelievable amount of chances, the goalkeeper was there with some outstanding saves. Also when you watch the game back I think there were two clear penalty incidents and if I’m really honest I didn’t realise this during the game.
“But without any doubt there was a clear penalty against Teemu Pukki and also against Tom Trybull, and it was one of those nights where several things seemed to be against us.
“Reading had two shots on target, in general three chances with the other chance of Meite in the second half out of a difficult angle.
“Anyhow they were able to use both of these shots and were able to deliver two goals out of these situations and we missed an unbelievable amount of chances, 75 percent possession.
“But sometimes in football you have to accept that it’s not a fair result but in general we can live without any doubt with this draw.”