Date: 18th February 2017 at 7:02pm
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Alex Neil said that Norwich only had themselves to blame after watching his side make it far too easy for Burton and slip 7 points off the play-off places.

“We only have ourselves to blame. We started relatively brightly and Cameron gets in early doors behind them for a decent opportunity he puts just past the post. Burton play a ball into the channel that should easily be mopped up. We make a mess of it and they score,’ Neil said when he spoke after the game to the EDP



“You know what is in store at these type of places. I told the boys before hand, ‘listen, this is going to be like an old-fashioned cup tie. If you give them anything to get their teeth into the players and the fans will be up for it`. We managed to gift them a goal.

“We made a half-time change and we started to pick up a bit of momentum, get a goal, and at that stage it looks like only one team will go on and win. Then from our throw-in down the left we give the ball away and don`t defend well enough. They have one forward, we have two defenders back and the keeper and he manages to take it down, turn and chip it over our heads.

“Frustrating. But going forward we got into great areas, got down the flanks and good crossing positions. The amount of final balls we put over the back of the goal or too far past the far post you give your forwards no opportunity to cross the ball. Then when Alex Pritchard puts a few balls from set plays on the money we have no-one aggressive enough to go and attack the ball. Take all that together, it is always going to be really tough.

“I am not going to hide behind excuses about injuries. The team who took the field was good enough to win this game. They didn`t. The injuries don`t help us but it is not the reason we lost the game.”

OTBC

 
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