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Daniel Farke wants more brutality from Norwich City after Burton 0-0 Championship shut out

PUBLISHED: 00:15 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:55 13 September 2017

Daniel Farke cut a frustrated figure after a Burton stalemate. 
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Daniel Farke cut a frustrated figure after a Burton stalemate. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke was unhappy with a lack of brutality to Norwich City’s attacking urges that let Burton off the hook in a 0-0 Championship stalemate.

City bossed possession but created only a few clear-cut chances with the well-drilled Brewers proving an effective defensive unit at Carrow Road.

“It is difficult when you play an opponent who just concentrates on defending with 10 players in the defensive row and tries to take time away from the game,” said Farke. “We had a lot of set pieces, maybe eight corners or so and two or three brilliant chances.

“Probably the best chance was Josh Murphy one against one with the keeper. It is always the case in these type of games that if you can get that first goal then the opponent must concede more space and you can probably get a few more goals on the counter and it is 2-0, 3-0, 4-0. We were not brutal enough and we didn’t take our chances.

“Disappointed with the result because of course we wanted to win this game. We wanted a second home win in a row and disappointed not the score.”

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Farke blamed a lacklustre start to the game which set the tone.

“The main topic was we started too sloppy in the first half. In that first 25 minutes we didn’t move the ball quickly enough, we didn’t have enough runners from deep,” he said. “We were not able to win the one against one duels in the offensive side. That wasn’t just a problem for the attacking players but all over the pitch. I thought generally we started too sloppily. We didn’t put enough pressure on them.

“After that we improved and had a good reaction and I had this feeling in the last 15 minutes of the first half we were getting closer to the goal and had some situations in the box. You got the feeling that if Burton were becoming a little more tired then we would create more chances.”

The City chief resisted the temptation to make changes from the bench until the final stages.

“I thought about some changes early in the first half because I was not happy with our game but as we improved I didn’t want to break the rhythm,” he said. “It is not easy to create 10 one against 10 chances. Nelson has scored many goals in the past few weeks and I had this feeling maybe this wasn’t his game but I wanted to leave him on the pitch because he is full of confidence.”

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