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DUKLA FRIENDLY WAS A GOOD EXERCISE - ALEX NEIL

20 July 2016

Boss takes positives from testing warm-up match

ALEX Neil says his youngsters will have learned a lot from Wednesday's 3-1 friendly loss to FK Dukla Prague.

Seven players aged 21 or under featured against the Czech side, with Josh Murphy scoring what turned out to be a consolation goal in the Kumberg defeat.

In the context of pre-season, Neil looked to reflect positively on the game despite the Canaries slipping to their first defeat since returning from the summer break.

"I think the good thing was the quality of the opposition, I thought they were a good side," City's boss said after the game.

"It was a real tactical game, and for our younger lads in particular it was good to try and embed some principles, a lot of them haven't played against a team as tactical as that.

"In the first half, they (Dukla) played at a high tempo but in the second half we dominated up until their goal. That was our best spell, but they hit us on the break and it knocked us back.

"Creativity is always the last thing to come in pre-season, our bits in the final third weren't as good as I've had liked, but it was a good exercise for the players.

"Obviously we're disappointed to lose any game, but I thought we got good bits from it."

New signing Michael McGovern linked up with the squad in Austria following Wednesday's game, and Neil was asked about the prospect of any other future incomings.

He responded: "We're working on things, but in terms of imminent I don't think it will happen over the next 24-48 hours.

"I'm hopeful that when we get back from tour, we shouldn't be too far away from something else."

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