"They tried to provoke us," says Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke following defeat to Burnley
The already relegated Canaries were condemned to a ninth Premier League loss in succession, and have now gone 830 minutes without a goal, as they were reduced to nine men in their final home game of the season.
The German boss had a job on his hands when the hosts had both Emiliano Buendia and Josip Drmic sent off before the break while Chris Wood added insult to injury when scoring on the stroke of half-time.
Buendia was given his marching orders in the 35th minute for violent conduct, following an off-the-ball incident with Ashley Westwood, while Drmic, just 10 minutes later, saw red for a dangerous challenge on Erik Pieters.
"I have many problems to be honest," declared Farke. "I am not accusing them because this is maybe how a Premier League side, which is experienced, reacts.
"It is not for me to accuse anyone else, just to look in the mirror. "They tried to provoke us.
"There was an incident with Tarkowski and Aarons, They started to question every whistle of the referee.
"They tried to disrupt us. We walked into their trap. We can't compete with the physicality of Burnley."
Farke added: "Burnley reacted in their expected ways. They are such an experienced and established Premier League team.
"They realised they had problems and needed to disrupt the rhythm and provoke.
"We walked into the trap and two red cards. Naive, inexperienced, stupid - all the words are right. It's not acceptable. It's not possible to win points with eight players."