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15 May 2016

City boss speaks after defeat at Goodison Park

ALEX Neil says he will waste no time in turning his attentions to next season following Sunday's 3-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.

His Canaries side were well beaten in their season finale as goals from James McCarthy, Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas secured the managerless hosts a comfortable three points.

Neil says he will meet face-to-face with his players and the hierarchy of the Club on Monday to continue planning for the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

"There will be discussions ongoing this week, so it will be jam-packed in terms of planning for next season," he told Norwich City TV post-match.

"It's been a tough season, a season where we found ourselves in a good situation a few weeks ago but we didn't take advantage of it and we've paid the price.

"This side of it hurts, it's difficult, but what we've got to do is bounce back stronger and refocus. Everyone who's going to be there has got to get in that mindset."

"Work needs to be done, all sorts of things really to make sure we're in the best possible shape."

Reflecting on an uninspiring afternoon on Merseyside, Neil said: "I think the first goal summed up our season.

"We had a good break down the right and we put a great ball into Cameron (Jerome) who had a header the 'keeper collected comfortably, and then within 20 seconds the ball was in our net.

"There were about three or four occasions when we could have stopped it, but defensively we didn't get back quick enough and stop the shot at goal.
"I will now do everything in my power to make sure we're as strong as we can be for next season."

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