Alex Neil rues Norwich City’s soft centre in Newcastle United’s 6-2 Premier League blitz
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil admitted Newcastle United dished out a painful Premier League lesson in a 6-2 rout at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s four-goal salvo inflicted the heaviest defeat of Neil’s Norwich reign, and the Scot had no complaints after Dieumerci Mbokani and Nathan Redmond had dragged his side back into the game at the interval.
Aleksandar Mitrovic notched midway through a second period City were dominating, in terms of territory and possession, before Wijnaldum completed his hat-trick and then thumped home a late sixth.
“I can break it down into two parts. Offensively we looked pretty dangerous and hit the post twice, had other good opportunities to score and we got two goals but defensively as a team I thought to be honest it was like a basketball match. It was too wide open, and that applied to both teams,” said Neil. “It could have ended up 8-8. We had as many opportunities as Newcastle but most of their ones ended up in the back of the net.
“It is difficult for me to say it is a harsh scoreline because it sounds like sour grapes but I thought it was really open. We could have scored four or five ourselves. For them to score six you could argue it was harsh but we have to defend better.
“That is the Premier League for you. At 3-2 it is all about the next goal but if you concede it you end up chasing your tail and get punished. That is ultimately what happened.”