Manager 'really encouraged' despite unfortunate Cup exit.ALEX Neil said his team deserved more after coming out on the wrong side of the penalty shootout that decided Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie at Everton.
Following 120 minutes of absorbing cup football with the Canaries going toe-to-toe with their hosts, Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond's spot-kick misses were the cruel differences between progression and elimination.
Reflecting after his team's dramatic exit, Neil said that he believes City had edged the contest.
"I thought we played really well, and if anybody deserved to win the game over 90 minutes and even 120 minutes, then it was us," he told Norwich City TV.
"We were unfortunate that it went to a penalty shootout, and the fact that we've gone out of the cup having played really well tonight is disappointing.
"We've been doing a lot of work and made a few tweaks to the shape, and it worked. I thought we did really well.
"We deserved to go through to be honest, but we're really encouraged in terms of the performance."
After three losses in a row in the league, Neil admits that he has some selection headaches with the weekend approaching.
City take on leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
"I thought all the boys that came in tonight performed really well so that makes it difficult going forward," he added.
"Obviously Saturday is a different kettle of fish and to be fair they've done a lot of work tonight as well.
"We've got to make sure we balance that out come the weekend, but some of them will be vying for a place.
"I thought every one of them ran themselves into the ground and you can't ask for any more than that."