Alex Neil blasts Norwich City’s charity after 2-1 Championship loss at Burton
PUBLISHED: 18:04 18 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:44 19 February 2017
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Alex Neil was left seething at the manner Norwich City gifted Burton a damaging 2-1 Championship win.
Cauley Woodrow cashed in on Timm Klose’s indecision to put the Brewers in front. Cameron Jerome levelled after the break but Michael Kightly struck the winner five minutes later when he cashed in on more generosity from the Canaries.
Norwich now lie a distant seven points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, who also have a game in hand on Neil’s men, ahead of Ipswich Town’s derby visit to Carrow Road.
“We only have ourselves to blame,” said Neil. “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.
“You know what is in store at these type of places. I told the boys beforehand, ‘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 ourselves, 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 beyond the far post you give your forwards no opportunity to get on the end of those type of crosses. Then when Alex Pritchard puts a few balls from set plays right on the money we have no-one aggressive enough to go and attack the ball. Take all that together and 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.”