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21 August 2016

Canaries held at Portman Road

ALEX Neil felt Norwich City could have shown better quality in key areas after being held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Sunday.

Striker Cameron Jerome put the Canaries in front, only for Jonas Knudsen's equaliser on the stroke of half-time to ensure a share of the spoils.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, Neil said: "We wanted to win the game. 

"I think they had better territory in terms of hooking things into the box but in terms of clear-cut chances they didn't have a great deal. We probably had the best chances in the game.

"Our quality when we got into the final-third areas was a bit better. However, we didn't move the ball quickly enough to create as many chances as we should have.

"That was an issue for us."

The City boss was fdisappointed with the goal his side conceded, coming at the end of an opening period which City had largely controlled after a bright start from the hosts.

"It's absolutely criminal for us because it's a throw-in," he explained.

"We didn't get a screener in front quickly enough. It's a good finish from them but it's a bad time of the game because we needed to see it out.

"We weren't under too much pressure. The chances we did concede were of our own making really, so other than that they didn't really do enough.

"I'm not saying we deserved to win the game, but we had opportunities to."

Unbeaten across their four Sky Bet Championship games played so far, Neil is looking for his team to keep progressing as the season continues.

"We need to turn draws into wins," he added.

"I'd have liked us to have been more creative than we were. In those terms, we're disappointed.

"There's more to come and once we get more options, in terms of more forwards, that will help us. Cameron is doing a shift for us every time but we can't be reliant on one player." 

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