, Alex Neil refuses to criticise players after loss

Alex Neil refuses to criticise players after loss

Norwich City head coach Alex Neil told the club website that he couldn’t criticise his players after they lost to Derby County.

The Canaries’ struggles continued at the weekend as they failed to beat Derby, a team that have bounced back from a poor start following the sacking of Nigel Pearson and the re-appointment of Steve McClaren as their head coach.

To make matters even worse for a Norwich faithful who have become more and more frustrated as the weeks go on, the solitary goal in this game came from Bradley Johnson, a player that Neil sold following their promotion to Premier League amid much criticism after he had a fantastic season in the year they had got promoted.

However while the calls for Neil to be sacked have only increased after this result, the man himself said he couldn’t criticise the players as he believed they put in a good enough performance to win the match.

He said: “I thought it was a really tightly fought game,”

“My team worked extremely hard. I’ve been critical of them when I think they’ve deserved criticism, and I don’t think I can criticise any of them today.”

“The game was decided by a deflected shot from outside the box. We had two real strong penalty shouts, one in the second half in particular. It’s a surprise to me that it wasn’t given.”

“We had the best chance of the game with Steven (Naismith) going through one on one with Scott Carson, who makes a good save.”

“At times, when things aren’t going your way, it kicks you in the gut and that was the case today.”

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