City boss adamant his team were going to hold onALEX Neil admits Rotherham's late equaliser was a bitter pill to swallow as they claimed a 1-1 draw against the Canaries at the New York Stadium.
Ten-man City looked to be heading for a vital three points following Gary Hooper exquisite finish, but substitute Jordan Bowery forced home a leveller for the hosts four minutes from the end.
It leaves Neil's men relying on Bolton Wanderers to deny Bournemouth a win on Monday night in order for their automatic promotion hopes to be carried through to the final weekend of the Sky Bet Championship season.
"I'm disappointed. After leading 1-0 with five minutes to go, I fully expected us to see the game out," Neil told Norwich City TV after the game.
"In the main we looked relatively comfortable. I think Rotherham had one clear chance through Matt Derbyshire, but considering we had ten men for the vast majority of the game, I thought defensively we did well.
"We managed to get the lead against the odds, and the boys stuck to their task in the game but the result is difficult to take."
After making a bright start in a pivotal contest for both teams, City were stunned by the dismissal of Lewis Grabban on 26 minutes following an altercation with Millers' skipper Craig Morgan.
Neil, speaking having not reviewed the incident through replays, said the striker will be spoken to - even though he felt his side coped with the numerical disadvantage well.
"I haven't looked at the sending off yet, but if Lewis is deemed to be guilty then obviously that's something we'll deal with, and I will be extremely disappointed if that is the case," he added.
"That will get taken care of - it will be an internal matter for the club to deal with, and I will be speaking to Lewis.
"It gave us a mountain to climb because it's extremely difficult, especially away from home, when you've got ten men.
"I thought we overcame it really well, but then to concede that type of goal at the end was extremely disappointing."