Norwich 1-2 Sheffield United: Blades blunt weary Canaries
Last Updated: 20/01/18 8:08pm
Norwich's midweek FA Cup endeavours caught up with them as they went down to a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship at Carrow Road.
The Canaries took Premier League champions Chelsea all the way to penalties in their FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Those efforts seemed to have had an impact when James Wilson, on his full debut, put the Blades ahead in the sixth minute, turning the ball home following a corner.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 68th minute when Clayton Donaldson capitalised on an under-hit Alex Tettey pass-back to slot past goalkeeper Angus Gunn.
Norwich rallied and reduced the deficit within two minutes as captain Ivo Pinto headed in James Maddison's cross but the home side could not muster an equaliser.
Daniel Farke: "I'm pretty disappointed with the result. We knew it would be a tough game after Chelsea, but we wanted at least to get a draw to continue our unbeaten run, so we're sad about this result.
"I think we were tired in the head today, and we made some mistakes in our pressing and in our decision-making. We know if we'd won we'd be back in the play-off mix, and you go in so motivated, but we have to accept the loss."
Chris Wilder: "It was up to us to get about them. I thought we dominated and dictated the game in the first half. Their goal is a disappointment for us, and all of a sudden it was game on.
"They have some good offensive players at the top of the pitch, so for us to see the game out was great."