Norwich boss Daniel Farke admits he was annoyed at his side’s 3-1 loss against Championship outfit Brentford but hopes it will spark a reaction from his players.
At a sweltering Colney Training Centre, Norwich’s unbeaten pre-season was brought to an abrupt end by their impressive opponents. Attacking midfielder Emi Buendia gave the Canaries the lead with a superb strike on nine minutes before Brentford quickly responded thanks to Emi Marcondes’ finish.
A brace from Ollie Watkins in the second half saw the Bees take the spoils and led to Norwich’s first loss of pre-season so far after their two-game trip to Germany. And, Farke says he was dissatisfied with the performance but hopes it will lead to a reaction.
“It was a tough test but a good test. We knew Brentford are a good Championship side and for that, it was clear even before the game they were desperate to come here and they were pretty close to the start [of their season].
“It was spotlight game for them and for that, we knew it would be a tough test today. Of course, you’re never happy with a loss but there were some reasons for this result in the end.
“I don’t want to go too deep with it. I’m never happy with a loss because I want to win each and every game and I’m annoyed that we lost this game but on the other hand, as a coach and when there’s a setback in pre-season, it’s not too bad in order to be sharp again.”
Norwich face Liverpool at Anfield in the first Premier League game of the season on August 9 and are available at 17.00 to spring a major surprise while Liverpool are 1.17 and a draw is 7.00.