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18 October 2016

A game of two halves in the capital

NORWICH City manager Alex Neil expressed disappointment after seeing his side held to a 2-2 draw at Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night.

A pair of Graham Dorrans penalties in the first half had put City in control, only for a brace from Canaries Academy graduate Chris Martin to salvage a point for the hosts.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, Neil said: "We came with a plan to keep ourselves nice and compact.

"The aim was to be difficult to beat and to hit them on the break. We worked it so perfectly in the first half to be 2-0 up, and it could have been more than that.

"We then started the second half well, things were going fine, but for whatever reason we failed to absorb pressure. We stopped doing what we were good at, which was finding people in good areas high up the pitch.

"Our use of the ball at times was poor and to concede the two goals that we did is extremely disappointing."

Neil stressed a need for the Canaries to improve their defensive record, in order to bolster their chances of a successful league campaign.

"If you want to gain promotion, you need to absorb pressure at times," he added.

"You're not going to dominate the ball all the time and the fact we failed to do that is really frustrating. Nothing changed in the game; they didn't change their style and we didn't change what we were doing.

"It's bad decision-making at crucial stages in games, so we're frustrated and disappointed. Defensively, we need to do better as a team.

"You can label it what you like, but it's something we need to improve upon quickly." 

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