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5 December 2015

City beaten 2-0 at Vicarage Road

ALEX Neil says his team failed adjust to the difficult conditions as well as Watford, who ran out 2-0 winners on Saturday.

Troy Deeney's first half penalty was added to by Odion Ighalo's stoppage time strike as the Hornets stung the Canaries on a blustery afternoon at Vicarage Road.

Speaking to Norwich City TV post-match, Neil gave an honest assesstment of his side's showing after they left empty-handed.

"I didn't think it was a good game. I don't think the conditions helped, but Watford adapted to the conditions better than we did," he said.

"There won't be too many happy with the performance today. It wasn't pretty, but these are the types of games where you need to go and scrap and make sure you take something.

"I wouldn't say there was a lack of fight, I would say there was a lack of game management. We didn't pick the right times to put our foot on the ball and pick a pass.

"We got caught and cost ourselves a first goal. We had to change it, we went two up top in the second half but to be honest to no real avail."

Watford are now nine points ahead of the Canaries in the Barclays Premier League table following the result, and Neil admitted his frustration at how his side missed out on picking up points.

"It's disappointing. We wanted to get something from the game, so I'll have to go and assess my starting line-up - did I pick the right team?," he suggested.

"You could argue I didn't, because we didn't win the game, but I think the players have got to have a look at themselves in terms of their performance. We didn't have anywhere near enough pass marks in the group."

On the selection of Declan Rudd ahead of John Ruddy in his starting eleven, he added: "I just felt that Declan was due an opportunity. Like anybody in the team, you're in the team on merit.

"If you play really well and you deserve to be in the team, then you will be. If not, then I need to make decisions.

"He made a few saves in the games, I think he did ok. Unfortunately for him, we didn't win the match."

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