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AWAY VERDICT: NEIL - 'WE ONLY HAVE OURSELVES TO BLAME'

19 February 2017

NORWICH City manager Alex Neil believes that his team made too many errors in their 2-1 loss to Burton Albion.

The Canaries suffered their ninth away loss in the Championship this season. 

Fulham loanee Cauley Woodrow put the Brewers ahead in the first half with his second goal in as many games at the Pirelli Stadium. 

Former Birmingham City man Cameron Jerome equalised when a second-half shot from Steven Whittaker cannoned into the net off of the striker. 

Michael Kightly scored his third goal in three games. The winger produced a sumptuous lob over John Ruddy to secure all three points for Burton. 

Neil was unhappy with the errors that his side made; the Scotsman also felt that his side could have approached the game differently after a bright start.

“I think that we have only got ourselves to blame,” the former Hamilton Academical boss said.

“I thought that we started brightly and were quite threatening - Cameron gets in behind them early doors and has a decent opportunity that he puts just past the post.

“Then, Burton play a ball into the channel, which should be easily mopped up but we managed to make a mess of it and then they [Burton] score.

“I said to the boys before the game that it’s going to be like an old-fashioned cup-tie and if you give them anything to get their teeth into then the fans, the players, they are going to be up for it and we managed to gift them a goal, which they take.

“At half-time, we made a change and I thought that we started to pick up a bit of momentum and we managed to get a goal. At that stage it looks as if there is only one team who is going to on and win the game, but, we then have a throw-in down the left-hand-side, which we manage to give away and then we just don’t defend well enough. 

"They have got one centre forward, we have got two defenders back and a goalkeeper and he managed to take the ball down, turn and chip it over their heads."

Norwich have now lost nine of their 17 away games this season and currently sit in seventh place, a full seven points behind Sheffield Wednesday, who have played a game less. The Canaries’ next game comes against local rivals Ipswich Town on Sunday.   
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