Alex Neil slams Nelson Oliveira for his Rotherham red mist in Norwich City’s 2-1 Championship defeat
PUBLISHED: 18:25 14 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:09 15 January 2017
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Alex Neil slammed Nelson Oliveira for his first-half red card in Norwich City’s 2-1 Championship defeat to rock-bottom Rotherham.
Oliveira lashed out in a tussle on the ground with Kirk Broadfoot that earned the Portuguese striker a straight red card, but Broadfoot escaped unpunished.
Jerry Yates and City old boy Tom Adeyemi sealed the win for Norfolk-bred Paul Warne’s Millers, with Cameron Jerome briefly hauling the 10-men back on level terms.
“He shouldn’t react,” said Neil. “I have seen the footage and Kirk Broadfoot is not an innocent party. He has him in a head lock, however, Nelson’s reaction is unacceptable and we will deal with that. If you are the referee you have to look at both players. I don’t think he is standing there doing nothing otherwise Nelson would not have retaliated. The other lad was booked. The ball was not in play at that moment. It is not as if it is a tackle. He has his hand on Nelson and Nelson raises his hand. You would like to think both are guilty parties. I don’t know if Nelson has apologised to the boys. I didn’t give him much chance to answer.”
Neil was barracked by sections of the away support in the closing stages with chants of ‘Neil Out’.
“The fans made their feelings clear. Listen, there is nothing I can do about that. They will say what they want to say,” he said. “I thought the players, once they went down to 10, we were the more offensive but we came up short. After Derby, everyone said how well we had played and it was the exact same team that took the field. Yes, I have spoken to Jez (Moxey) and Delia. The message is it was another disappointing day. The sending off has not helped us but the lads reaction was good. For us, right now, points are more important than performances. That is the be all and end all.”
Martin Olsson was a notable absentee as he looks to seal a transfer move to Premier League Swansea City.
“Everyone knows the situation,” said Neil. “Martin is in dialogue with Swansea. We are in dialogue with Swansea and that is pretty much where it is. Will it go through in the next few days? I don’t know. Once it is completed, if it is completed, we will let people know.”