Alex Neil admits he got it wrong in Norwich City’s 2-1 Championship loss at Barnsley

PUBLISHED: 18:29 10 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 11 December 2016

Norwich City manager Alex Neil looks dejected as he leaves the pitch at the end of the match at Barnsley
 on Saturday. He's now looking ahead to Aston Villa's visit Tuesday night. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City manager Alex Neil looks dejected as he leaves the pitch at the end of the match at Barnsley on Saturday. He's now looking ahead to Aston Villa's visit Tuesday night. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Alex Neil admitted he got it wrong in Norwich City’s 2-1 Championship defeat at Barnsley.

Neil made just one enforced change from the side that hammered Brentford 5-0 at Carrow Road the previous weekend but City were simply over-powered in a shocking first-half display at Oakwell.

Tom Bradshaw and Conor Hourihane cashed in and Nelson Oliveira’s thumping second-half strike was unable to avert a fourth straight league defeat on the road.

“I looked at the performance the previous weekend. We had been searching for that win and it was our best performance of the season and if you make changes to that line up and it doesn’t work you look silly,” said Neil. “To be honest, I should not have let that affect my decision-making. I did, because of how well they played, and basically we got bullied in the first-half. Physically, we didn’t compete but after the break it was roles reversed. I thought physically we dominated them but it was too little, too late.

“We didn’t do anywhere near enough and it is quite sad really that tactically or quality-wise it wasn’t the problem. It was basically the fact we didn’t compete well enough which is hard to accept. I did it the last time we got promoted. I went very solid in the middle of the park. I haven’t had a lot of those players available to me but, yes, going back to what was practical and worked for me the last time might be a course of action.”

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