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5 March 2016

Boss says City will 'roll sleeves up' after Swansea loss

ALEX Neil says belief will be the most important thing for his side after they suffered another demoralising Premier League defeat against Swansea City.

The Canaries were beaten 1-0 in South Wales as Gylfi Sigurdsson's strike with half an hour left on the clock settled a tense affair at the Liberty Stadium.

Even though City haven't tasted victory for over two months, Neil insists it remains all to play for in the survival race between now and the end of the season.

He told Norwich City TV: "We're still in the fight. What we can't do is feel sorry for ourselves and give up. We've got to roll our sleeves up and that's what we'll be doing.

"The one thing we've got to do is believe. I don't think anyone can come and say Norwich have got no chance because they're being dominated week-in, week-out - I don't think that's the case.

"We're in every game, and we get opportunities to make the difference. It's just a case of taking those opportunities and making good decisions.

"They're the same things I've been saying for numerous games. The one thing I would say is that the fans were great again today, and I'm disappointed we couldn't send them home with the points."

Nothing separated the two teams in the first half, but after the break it took the visitors until late on to threaten Lukasz Fabianski's goal following Sigurdsson's opener.

Neil believes it was once again a case of not taking chances when they arose, adding: "I didn't think there was anything in the game.

"It wasn't a particularly great game, the two teams matched up and it was quite edgy. You could see what was at stake.

"I thought defensively today we looked relatively solid, I didn't think John (Ruddy) had much to do bar the free-kick from Sigurdsson and the goal.

"Throughout the match I thought we created more chances than what Swansea did. They got one key opportunity and scored it, and we didn't take any of our opportunities when we had them."

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