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13 February 2016

City boss on Hammers draw

ALEX Neil focused on the positives after Norwich City's 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.

Goals from Republic of Ireland pair Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan put the Canaries in command at Carrow Road, but they were pegged back after strikes from West Ham's Dimitri Payet and Mark Noble.

Despite taking only one point from a dramatic contest when three were in their grasp, Neil was pleased with his team's approach and says they will take it forward for the rest of the campaign.

He told Norwich City TV after the final whistle: "We attacked the game more in the way we did at the start of the season.

"We tried to play on the front foot and squeeze them up the pitch, and when we had it we played some really good football at times.

"In terms of all round performance, it was certainly an improvement from where we have been. It's a style that I'm much more comfortable with.

"We need to go and try and win games and I think you saw that approach today."

Neil admits that nerves may have played a part in the final quarter of an hour as City looked to end their barren run by seeing out the rest of the match.

He believes the best policy would have been to stay on the front foot, adding: "There was a bit of apprehension there. Everyone was so desperate for us to win the game; the players, the fans and myself.

"What happens is that you end up being concerned by the end because you know how much it means, but we're not going to be the only club in that situation.

"It's about making sure that from that point onwards, you're not over-covering. You just need to keep doing what you were doing up until that point.

"I think the boys played well today. They scored two good goals, had other opportunities in the game and I just think at crucial times you need to make good decisions. Unfortunately we didn't do that."

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