Alex Neil is a relieved man after Norwich City’s 3-2 Championship win over Cardiff City
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Norwich City chief Alex Neil admitted his overriding emotion was relief after a hard-fought 3-2 Championship win over Cardiff City.
The Canaries were in total control when Gary Hooper, Kyle Lafferty and Cameron Jerome put the hosts into a 3-0 half-time lead on Neil’s first Carrow Road match in charge.
John Ruddy had also denied Peter Whittingham from the penalty spot but two goals in three second-half minutes from Alex Revell and Kadeem Harris dragged Cardiff back into the contest to set-up a tense finale.
“It was much more difficult than it should have been,” said Neil. I think my overriding emotion is relief to get into that 3-0 position at half-time you would expect us to see the game out and hopefully try and score more goals in the second half. We should have done because we had some good opportunities. We should have made better decisions to get that fourth goal.
“I don’t think we were that poor defensively. It wasn’t as if they were creating numerous chances but we switched off for two straight balls. The first one is a cross into our box and we switch off at the back post and the second one is just a lump up the park. In terms of defending it should have been bread and butter and clearing our lines.
“We didn’t win the first header and we didn’t switch on for the second ball and it cost us two goals. I thought in the game we controlled the match and up to 60 minutes we were by far the better side. Then a bit of fatigue crept in and out decision-making, particularly defensively, was not what it should have been.”