Norwich City manager, Alex Neil was in philosophical mood after watching his side lose 1-3 to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Canaries came out like a steam train and Palace could’ve been blown away in an intense first 20 minutes, in which Norwich dominated the game.
Lewis Grabban had the best chance when he hit the outside of the post from six yards, opting to use his right foot when his left foot seemed the better option.
To their credit, Palace dug in and got into the lead late in the first half, courtesy of Wilfried Zaha.
Afterwards, Alex Neil spoke about the issue of not taking chances and when quizzed about the disallowed ‘goal’ managed to keep his cool and play it with a straight bat.
“Certainly for the first half, in general play we were the better side. We dominated most of the possession, but having that dominance you`ve got to get goals. We got punished up the other end,” Neil told Norwich City TV.
“I think we`ll play worse and win. In the first half we were dominant, they got a goal, but I thought we had two or three good opportunities. At this level, you have to convert them.’
“The second goal was really disappointing. We switched off and didn`t recover from the second ball. We`ve got to respond, we had enough bodies in that area of the pitch.
“I`ve learned a harsh version of the Premier League. You can dominate and play well, but if you don`t score when you`re on top and you don`t defend well enough, it will cost you.”
I agree with Neil about the second goal, it was very sloppy. Everyone was concentrating on what they were doing and yet no-one saw Souare make his run. To be fair to Palace, it was obviously a training ground special and one that worked very well – caught us with our pants down.
When asked about the disallowed goal, Neil said: “I`ve seen it back quite a few times and I thought it should have stood. I think the lad was the wrong side of Cameron – if he was in front of them, then his foot is coming over to potentially hit him in the face.
“I actually thought it was disallowed for a handball, that`s why I wasn`t remonstrating too much at the side. When I found out it was for a high foot – nine times out of ten, they are given, which is disappointing.
“At that stage of the game, we were the team trying to push to get a goal. It changed the complexion of the match.
“It was a fantastic finish by Cameron, he managed to get up, swivel and put it into the net, so it`s disappointing.”
This was referee, Simon Hooper’s first game in the Premier League and what an poor start he made to his top flight career. Definitely not one to show the grand kids, Mr Hooper.