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27 August 2016

City boss on Birmingham defeat

NORWICH City's failure to 'do the basics right' came at the ultimate cost in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, according to manager Alex Neil.

The Canaries fell to their first defeat of the season away to Birmingham City, being swept aside at St Andrew's as Gary Rowett's men claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Reflecting after the match, Neil told Norwich City TV: "We didn't compete well enough.

"If you don't turn up in this league in terms of fighting your corner it's going to be difficult. To be honest, we were the makers of our own downfall.

"You can't legislate for that. If you look across our eleven and the guys who came on, not many, if any, reached a satisfactory level.

"It's basic stuff and if you don't get the basics right it's always going to be an issue. We didn't do enough."

The City boss says he won't tolerate a repeat of the performance, and added: "How we went about it today is not acceptable.

"There is a minimum expectation I give to all my teams. We didn't perform well enough and I take responsibility for that.

"All I can really do is apologise to the fans who made the long trip here."

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