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5 November 2016

Boss speaks after Leeds defeat

ALEX Neil says the responsibility to turn City's poor run around lies at his door following their 3-2 loss at home to Leeds United.

The Canaries fell to their third Sky Bet Championship defeat on the spin as Ronaldo Vieira's speculative stoppage time strike proved the final act in a dramatic second half at Carrow Road.

Neil told Norwich City TV: "This run we’re on at the moment isn’t acceptable, and we need to do better.

"But I think it’s always easy to try and pin it on one person, but the bottom line is it’s my responsibility.

"I’ll take that responsibility, I’ll take the criticism that comes my way, and I’ll work ever so hard to try and turn it round.

"I think we need to make sure that the players are ready and focussed, and they go about their business the right way."

City took a first half lead when Robbie Brady's header diverted in off Luke Ayling, but Leeds always posed a threat and took the lead through Pontus Jansson and Chris Wood.

Substitute Kyle Lafferty looked as though he had earned his team a point, but Vieira's goal saw it slip from their grasp.

Neil added: "I don’t think our response to conceding the goal was particularly good. I thought we started the game quite edgy, and then obviously we get the goal.

"I thought we then settled down for a spell, but I think when we conceded that goal you could see some nerves creeping into our play because I think obviously the run we’ve been on, and the emphasis on that, certainly played a part in that second half.

"We had some good opportunities to create chances, our final ball was maybe poor, and then we managed to get ourselves back into the game at two each with about five minutes to go, and then obviously the lad shoots from about 35 yards and it ends up that we lose the game."

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