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14 January 2017

Manager on defeat in South Yorkshire

ALEX Neil was left frustrated after his side's problems on the road continued with a 2-1 loss at Rotherham United.

City fell behind early on when Jerry Yates scored from close-range, and the visitors issues stacked up when Nelson Oliveira was dismissed for retaliation following an incident involving Kirk Broadfoot.

Cameron Jerome levelled soon after the interval but Tom Adeyemi's header proved the winning goal against his hometown club.

The Canaries now haven't won any of their last eight away matches, and Neil gave his assessment of Saturday's defeat at the AESSEAL New York Stadium after the final whistle.

He said: "For the first 20 minutes, when we had eleven on the pitch, I thought we were slow, poor in possession and we conceded on the back of that.

"Once we went down to ten men, we seemed to start playing. I thought we were a lot better. We created some good opportunities and did well to get the equaliser.

"But we then conceded a really sloppy goal from our point of view. We don't match the runner and we got beat at the back post for a header.

"When you have ten men away from home, it's always going to be tough and the damage was done I think at the start.

"It's a step backwards. It's just really frustrating and disappointing because we felt as if we were building momentum."

Oliveira's dismissal proved a key moment in the contest and Neil gave his opinion on the incident when speaking to Norwich City TV.

"He's let himself down and he's let his teammates down," he added. "The one thing I do think though is that I don't think Kirk Broadfoot is an innocent party. He had him in a headlock and put his head into the ground.

"But obviously Nelson's reaction was unnacceptable and we'll deal with that."

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