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19 November 2016

Boss speaks after Loftus Road defeat

ALEX Neil says the Canaries must retain belief as they look to end their Sky Bet Championship slump.

Saturday's 2-1 loss to Queens Park Rangers, after Martin Olsson had been dismissed for a goal-line handball inside the first minute, was City's fourth consecutive defeat in the division.

First half strikes from Conor Washington and Sebastian Polter put Neil's team firmly on the back-foot at Loftus Road, though they did respond with a hard-working second half performance that yielded a Steven Naismith goal.

Neil told Norwich City TV: "In the second half the boys rallied. They worked extremely hard, our shape was good and we limited them to not much in terms of going forward.

"Jacob (Murphy) hit the bar and we got the goal, but when you lose ten men going away from home it's always going to be tough.

"The only thing we can do now is continue to work really hard, we need to stick together and the boys need to believe that we can go and turn it around.

"I certainly believe that, the staff believe that and we need to make sure that in the next game, we go and win it."

Neil had made six changes to his starting eleven but the revised gameplan was disrupted with Olsson's early dismissal, one which City's boss felt was harsh.

He added: "It's really difficult to tell. We didn't deal with the first ball as it came in, which we should have done, from that point there's a bit of a scramble and Martin ends up on top of the ball.

"How the referee can give a penalty - to be honest, I've seen it again on the video and I still can't make out what happened. Those moments don't seem to be going our way at the moment.

"I don't think the first goal is anything to do with the fact that we were down to ten men though. It was a straight set piece and we've got to pick up."

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