Norwich City boss Daniel Farke took a pensive view after his side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the second round stage at the hands of Crawley Town.
The Canaries created plenty of openings throughout but were beaten by Bez Lubala’s deflected strike in the first-half against their League 2 opponents. Farke felt his much-changed side had done more than enough to earn a positive result against Crawley side that were clearly up for the occasion on their own patch.
“It was unlucky because we were the better side,” he said. “We are disappointed because we wanted to go into the next round. “We gave five debuts and made eleven changes and this type of game can happen when you do things like this.
“For the other team, it’s the biggest game of their year. We started well and missed a few chances but the one time they were in our half, we were there with an own goal. “We missed some unbelievable chances, we hit the crossbar two times and had a few penalty incidents that weren’t given.”
Centre-back Timm Klose returned to the starting side and, along with Christoph Zimmermann, was substituted with an injury concern. Farke is fearful that former may be out for some time. “Christoph took a hit against his hip flexor but I hope it’s not too bad. The first diagnosis is not too bad and it was good that he had his first minutes under his belt.
“My biggest concern is Timm Klose. It looked horrible and our concern at the moment is his ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] which would mean his season is nearly over. “That’s my biggest concern at the moment.” Norwich are 3.80 to win away at West Ham on Saturday. The Hammers are 1.91 while the draw is 3.80.