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9 January 2016

City boss turns focus to Stoke & Bournemouth

ALEX Neil wants his team to put their Emirates FA Cup exit quickly behind them with an important week of Premier League action ahead.

The Canaries were beaten comfortably by Manchester City at Carrow Road as Sergio Aguero, Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin De Bruyne got the goals in a 3-0 victory.

Neil says his side will now immediately focus on Wednesday's trip to Stoke City, which is quickly followed by another away game at fellow promoted team Bournemouth on Saturday.

"We'll be brushing it off. We're disappointed we didn't play as well as we should have, however our bread and butter is the league," he told Norwich City TV.

"I told the players after the game 'that one is done now'. We should have done better in the game but we didn't, and now we need to focus on Wednesday and Saturday.

"Our main priority is to stay in the Premier League and that's always been the case. We've got two crucial games coming up, and we'll have a lot of guys who are fresh."

Reflecting on an afternoon where his side were second best against a fluent Manchester City outfit, Neil felt his players' didn't keep possession well enough in the opening period.

He added: "In the first half we were disappointing. I don't think our retention of the ball was good enough. We gave it away far too often in poor areas.

"When you give good teams the ball back, they're going to cause you problems and that's ultimately what happened.

"The first goal in particular we should have done a lot better with, but it starts from us having the ball and giving it away sloppily.

"They showed a bit of individual quality for their third goal, but it was another poor decision from us leading up to it."

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