'We didn't defend well enough', says City boss
ALEX Neil rued Norwich City’s defensive fragility after their 6-2 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Sunday.
Their hosts’ counter-attacking style caught his side out on a number of occasions at St James’ Park, with Newcastle bagging their first league win of the season in emphatic style.
Speaking to Norwich City TV after the final whistle, Neil said responsibility for the loss laid at the door of both him and his players.
“I think it’s difficult. Conceding six goals is never nice, everybody is really frustrated and disappointed,” he said.
“The game was sort of split into two. I thought offensively we looked a real threat, scored two goals, hit the post twice, but defensively as a group we were hurt on the counter-attack. We tried to force the issue in the second half.
“We looked disjointed at times because the game was spread so much and we had so many players up the pitch. With the pace they had on the counter-attack, that really caused us some issues.
“I made the decision to take Alex off because at that point we were losing anyway. There was no point in trying to safeguard what we’ve not got.
“I’ll take responsibility for that, but I think the players know that they’re going to have to take responsibility for the fact that as a group they didn’t defend anywhere near well enough.”
Despite the comprehensive nature of Newcastle’s victory, Neil says there will no overreaction as he targets a response against West Bromwich Albion at Carrow Road next Saturday.
“I think they get home truths after every game, whether we’ve played well or not played well, so that will remain the same,” he added.
“We will pick through it, pick out the bits that were poor and the bits that were good.
“It’s difficult after a game like that. It’s easy to say it shouldn’t be a 6-2 scoreline, but after you defend like that it’s always going to be tough.”