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11 March 2017

Ten-man City recover a point at Carrow Road

ALAN Irvine highlighted his team's character following their 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

City took the lead through Cameron Jerome but Mitchell Dijks' dismissal gave Rovers a man advantage that they capitalised on in the second half when Lucas Joao scored twice in six minutes.

Irvine, taking temporary charge following Alex Neil's departure on Friday, then saw Jerome score his second to earn a share of the spoils at Carrow Road.

"It was a decent start by us, obviously getting the goal ahead was terrific," Irvine told Norwich City TV after the game.

"The sending off changes all of your plans. It was a red card, there's absolutely no question.

"I think it was mistimed but I don't think it was malicious. I think Mitchell's tried to put his foot over the ball to win it that way but he's mistimed the challenge.

"I have to say, despite going 2-1 down and having a little spell where we wobbled, the lads showed great character to play as they did with ten men."

Commenting on his remit after being given the managerial reins on a short-term basis, Irvine added: "I got a call yesterday, fairly late in the afternoon.

"I was simply asked if I would take the team today and take it again next weekend, which when the Board asks you to do that then of course you're going to do it.

"That's what I've been asked, so as far as I'm concerned that's it and we'll find out what's happening after that."

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