Norwich City's Mario Vrancic (third right) scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match with Tottenham at Carrow Road.Credit: PA
Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke still believes his team has a chance of saving themselves in the Premier League, despite a winless run of seven games.
But the Canaries' boss was very encouraged by their 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night (December 28)
City led twice at Carrow Road, initially through Mario Vrancic's first Premier League goal, and then through a Serge Aurier own goal.
Both, however, were cancelled out by a Christian Eriksen free-kick and a penalty from Harry kane.
The hosts also rued another goal being disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.
Teemu Pukki thought he'd beaten the offside trap to slot home Norwich's second before half time.
But on review it was ruled out by the slenderest of margins when, to the naked eye, the Finnish striker looked level with Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.
"When you watch it back without a line I think if you asked anyone, they would say it's not offside, because my player starts one yard more or less behind the Tottenham player. "My gut feeling was when this scene is watched back we'll find perhaps at any moment with the technology, any point where you could put a line in the scene, when you see Teemu Pukki is one inch offside... I can't influence this. "I have to accept this, but my feeling is such decisions are not in the sense of the game. "Everyone was still buzzing and then to get this sucker punch for the whole stadium, for my players, it's not easy but I think we reacted in the perfect way and also the supporters tried to back us in this moment. But everyone was annoyed from this decision."
The point earned, however, helped Norwich cut the gap between themselves and safety to six points with eighteen games left.
"Our first half performance was fantastic. we totally deserved to be in the lead at half time. in the second half, you could see we were tired and we were struggling a bit. "But in the second half we showed great resilience and great steel and commitment and also defensively a pretty good structure. "Of course we were a bit disappointed that we conceded in the penalty situation, out of a counter attack. "But I think we showed great commitment and for that I have to compliment all my players. Great attitude, great commitment. "With this spirit and also with these performances then we'll still definitely have a chance." >
Before the game fans and players joined in a minute's applause in tribute to former England captain and World Cup winner Martin Peters who died shortly before Christmas.
Peters played more than 200 games for the Canaries after joining in 1975, scoring fifty goals, and was twice named City's Player of the Year.
He was best remembered for scoring England's second goal in beating West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup Final
Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke reacts to the controversial VAR decision and talks about his team's Premier League survival chances