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CITY 3-2 CARDIFF: THE MANAGER'S REACTION

17 January 2015

Boss: First 60 minutes were excellent

ALEX Neil hopes to see more and more of the Norwich City that stormed into a three-goal lead against Cardiff on Saturday as his managerial reign unfolds.

Neil’s team dominated their opponents before half-time and were comfortably ahead at the break thanks to strikes from Gary Hooper, Kyle Lafferty and Cameron Jerome.

Supporters were left biting their fingernails, however, after a double salvo from the Bluebirds offered them a path back into the game, though City eventually held on for the three points.

“If I can get it more like the first 60 minutes then I’ll be really pleased,” offered Neil when speaking to Norwich City TV after the final whistle.

“We knocked the ball about really well and looked a real threat going forward.

“With it being 3-0 at half-time we should have seen the game out and been more professional in the second half.

“I thought for 60 minutes we were excellent, but once we conceded that first goal you could see some of the nerves creeping in.”



City’s manager was pleased that his team managed to eventually see the job through, however, in his first match in the dugout at Carrow Road.

“It was great, excellent, especially in the first half when I was enjoying it and we were scoring goals,” he added.

“As the game wore on, everyone’s nervous because they were desperate for us to get the points; we just wanted to make sure we didn’t make any of the errors that were going to cost the team. Thankfully for us, we managed to see the game out.

“Defensively we want to try and keep as many clean sheets as we can, because if we can carry that threat at the top end of the pitch as we do, then we can be a good force.”

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