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ALEX NEIL: WE NEED TO MOVE ON

24 January 2015

City boss disappointed with all-round performance

ALEX Neil is keen to move on after admitting his team didn’t reach the standards required in their 2-1 loss to Brentford.

Norwich lost ground on the Sky Bet Championship top six after Alex Pritchard’s penalty 20 minutes from time settled Saturday’s game in the Bees’ favour.

City failed to match their opponents all over the pitch according to Neil, but he says they have an opportunity to give the bigger picture a more positive slant with a result against Birmingham City next week.

“There are 19 games to go. Before today, we’d picked six points up out of six, so you’re looking at six points out of nine, and if we go and win on Saturday, then you’re looking at nine out of 12 and it doesn’t look that bad,” Neil told Norwich City TV after the match.

“I didn’t think we had great performances all over the pitch today if I’m being honest. I think if you looked man for man, player for player, they had better performers than us.
 


“We didn’t dominate the ball as well as we should have done in the middle areas, and I didn’t think defensively we did well enough when they were attacking. If you want to break it down, then in all departments we didn’t do as well as we should have.

“We need to put this past us now, and move onto the next game and hope that we put a better performance in.”

City are yet to seeing any incomings or outgoings in the January transfer window, which shuts on Monday February 2.

With limited time left, Neil is still assessing the options he has in front of him after mixed displays during his short tenure up to now.

“It’s difficult to say. I’ve only got a week. We’ve gone from Cardiff last week, the high and how the players can play, to the low of today and losing the game and seeing a performance that basically wasn’t up to par,” he said.

“The last two matches they’ve performed pretty well, but to go from one end of the spectrum to another obviously suggests that there’s certainly work to be done.”

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