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16 January 2016

"It's disappointing and I'm quite surprised."

ALEX Neil says City simply didn't reach their usual levels in Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

The Canaries suffered their second Premier League defeat in four days as goals from Dan Gosling, Charlie Daniels and Benik Afobe made it a miserable afternoon for Neil's team.

When he spoke to reporters after the final whistle, City's manager admitted his surprise at how poorly his side competed.

"I didn't think we did all the things we have been doing well enough," said Neil.

"We didn't compete well enough, I don't think our use of the ball was good enough and we didn't defend our box well enough.

"It's disappointing and I'm quite surprised because that team has been relatively consistent over the last five or six games in terms of selection.

"They've been playing well recently, so it's difficult to put your finger on why we played so poorly today."

Looking ahead to City's next top flight test against Liverpool at Carrow Road in a week's time, Neil emphasised the need to take the result at the Vitality Stadium in isolation.

He commented: "What we've got to do now is not overreact on the back of this one result.

"We're really frustrated and disappointed with how we performed, however we've got to push on to the next one.

"The Liverpool game will determine whether it's a blip or not. We need to be ready and to play a lot better than that."

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