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7 March 2017

Robins fight back for a share of the spoils

ALEX Neil was left frustrated after his side's failure to capitalise on first half chances led to them drawing 1-1 with Bristol City.

Yanic Wildschut powered the Canaries into a deserved 39th-minute lead at Ashton Gate but the Robins rallied after half-time to earn a point through defender Bailey Wright.

Neil told Norwich City TV post-match: "In the first half we played some good stuff and had some good chances. We should have been more than 1-0 up at half-time.

"They went two up top in the second half and I thought that caused us some issues because we lost a few headers.

"We didn't have any pressure on the ball further up the pitch. We didn't work at the top end as hard as we did in the first half, and that made us sit deeper.

"The frustrating thing from our point of view is that when the goal comes in it was at mid-height. I'd expect us to defend that better."

City's boss made four changes to his starting eleven, with Timm Klose, Wes Hoolahan and Jacob Murphy missing from the matchday squad.

Explaining the absences of Klose and Hoolahan, Neil said: "Timm was struggling with a back injury and I thought Wes looked tired on Saturday so I just left him out.

"There's work to be done but equally if we'd have scored another chance in the first half it would have been different.

"We've not been great on the road and I think the second half reflected that. The lads got a bit nervous and dropped deeper, and that's disappointing because I think we're better than that."

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