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ALEX NEIL: VITAL MOMENTS COST US

31 October 2015

City boss rues late Etihad defeat

ALEX Neil spoke about a sense of familiarity after his team's late defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. 

The Canaries went to The Etihad with a clear gameplan and it almost reaped dividends with the score at 1-1 with two minutes to play. 

Yaya Toure's penalty after some hesitant defending and a Russell Martin handball, however, ended up costing Neil's battlers a share of the spoils against the league leaders.

"Ultimately people have got to do their jobs, and if they don't then it will cost you games," Neil told Norwich City TV post-match.

"It's been the story of the last two weeks, it's not as if it's anything new.

"Today we set up completely differently and we had arguably the two best chances in the first half with Matt Jarvis' shot and Alex Tettey's from the corner.

"When you come away to these types of places, if you're going to get beaten then you want to it be via a bit of quality from the opposition.

"Then you can hold your hands up and say that it's something a bit special, but today it wasn't like that."

Nicolas Otamendi's free header from a corner had broken City's resistance on 67 minutes, but Cameron Jerome's tap-in after Joe Hart's spill brought his team level.

Neil said that even though he believed his players carried out their tasks effectively for most of the contest, it was vital passages in the match that once again proved their downfall. 

"It's about those crucial moments in games when you either need to take a chance or save a chance," he added.

"At this moment in time, the vast majority of our game is good, but those crucial moments are costing us points and it's extremely frustrating.

"The bottom line is that we'll move on to the next one, now we need to get ourselves ready for that.

"Every game is big for us. The disappointing thing is that chucked a point away today with a minute to go, but ultimately we need to go next week to try and gain some points."



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