Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has labelled his side’s 1-1 draw against Derby County at Pride Park as a ‘scandal’.
The Canaries fell behind early in the match after Sky Bet Championship top goalscorer netted his 17th league goal of the campaign, but Norwich levelled with less than 20 minutes remaining thanks to James Maddison’s penalty.
The visitors had another penalty just before half time when Scott Carson bundled over Maddison, but Nélson Oliveira’s spot kick was saved by the former England international.
During the match, Farke’s side dominated in chances and possession and could have easily taken all three points; their German manager certainly believed they should have.
“I would say this result is a scandal because there was just one team here today, we should have won this game”, said Farke.
“The first 15 minutes was a really close game; both teams were really desperate to create chances and to score goals. Both teams had really good defending behaviour.
“We came back after 15 minutes and we should have won. You could say it was deserved because they were more effective in using their chances, but I think after that for 75 minutes, there was just one team controlling this game and dominating the game.”
Despite having two penalties in the match, Norwich could have easily had a third just minutes after their first when Josh Murphy was challenged by Curtis Davies.
Farke believes that they would have been given the decision if they had not already received a penalty minutes earlier.
He said: “I think it is quite normal because in this situation I think it was 100 percent a clear penalty against James Maddison, but the whole stadium is then moaning and although you want to go further on, you have it a bit in your head and you think I can’t give a second penalty two minutes later.
“I think we probably would have done the same in the home game, a bit of moaning after the decision which was pretty clear, but when there is a decision like this it is not the same.
“Yes I think it was a clear penalty against Josh Murphy, but I just accept it.”
Oliveira’s penalty miss means that he is now without a goal in his last 10 games, a run dating back since before Christmas.
But his manager believes that Oliveira will return to scoring form and he is happy with his current string of performances.
“I think we are on a really decent run and one big reason that we are pretty much on top of the form table is because there is many wins and lots of good performances from my players on the pitch”, said Farke.
“I am totally content with Nélson’s workload, I am totally content with his working style and we watch the running data and he is someone who worked a lot for the team and I think it is important and we will speak about it.
“It is hard for him and he is struggling 100 percent, but I think it is not the moment where I have to criticise him and it is more like I have to back him and support him”.
Norwich are next in action next Sunday against arch rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road, where a win will move them into the top half of the table and above the Tractor Boys.