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26 February 2017

Canaries forced to settle for a draw against rivals

ALEX Neil says his side lacked a crucial edge in the final third after sharing the points with East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Despite dominating the ball and creating a number of chances, City had to fight for a point with Jacob Murphy's crisp strike equalising Jonas Knudsen's earlier header.

The Canaries found Bartosz Bialkowski in fine form between the sticks for the visitors and they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Neil told Norwich City TV post-match: "If you looked at every stat connected with the game, or even watched the game, then we were deserved of a win.

"The frustrating thing from us is that we've been very good going forward and scoring goals, but we just lacked that little bit of cutting edge that we've had in most games.

"When we did threaten to score, their 'keeper pulled off three really good saves to keep the game level.

"Having been so dominant in the game, we had the suckerpunch of going behind so the pleasing thing was that we rallied and managed to get back on level terms."

Attention now turns to next weekend's trip to play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday, and Neil says his team's ambitions remain the same ahead of the match at Hillsborough.

City are six points behind the Owls after this weekend's set of results.

"Our reading of it is that regardless what happened today, we have to go and try and beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday," Neil added.

"If we do that, then we basically bring it down to one game and that can swing either way.

"Our task between now and the end of the season is to give ourselves the best opportunity to finish in the play-offs."

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