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ALEX NEIL: IT'S ABOUT HOW WE REACT

4 March 2015

City boss on frustrating night for his side

ALEX Neil is looking for City to bounce back quickly from Wednesday night’s disappointing 1-0 reverse to Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road.

Kim Bo-Kyung’s eighth-minute volley led to the Canaries slipping to their first defeat in the Sky Bet Championship since January 24.

Neil admitted it was a missed opportunity for his side and that they need to work hard before this weekend’s game at Millwall.

“It’s about how we react now, and come Saturday the reaction has got to be right. We have to make sure we fix all the things we didn’t do well tonight,” he told Norwich City TV.

“I think the players are fully aware of how they played compared to how they have been playing, but you’re never going to play well every week.
 



“We just didn’t have enough spark. In the game, we didn’t move the ball quickly enough.

“I don’t think Wigan played well, but what they did do was stop us being effective going forward. We didn’t play well. It doesn’t make us a bad team. We’re a quality outfit, and we’ve been playing well certainly in the last six games.”

Lewis Grabban was missing from the matchday squad and Neil revealed that the striker is set to go under the knife after picking up an ankle injury prior to the game.

“Lewis is going to need an operation on Thursday, unfortunately. He’s done very well for us in the last six games, but he’s struggling with his ankle and he needs to get it operated on,” he said.

“It was fine after the derby but he came in the following day and he was struggling. He said he couldn’t walk on it, and then he came in the following day and it was even worse again. We had it scan and it showed up that he needs to have it looked at.

“It’s a huge blow, but we’ve got a big squad. We’re now looking for the guys to step up to the plate and show that they deserve to be playing.”

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