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Norwich City boss Alex Neil is his own harshest critic

Norwich City boss Alex Neil knows his decisions are heavily scrutinised. 
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil knows his decisions are heavily scrutinised. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil insists he is his own harshest critic as strives to guide Norwich City to Premier League safety.

The Scot was subjected to fresh scrutiny after the Canaries blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw against West Ham at Carrow Road.

City did move out of the relegation zone on goal difference after ending a run of five straight league defeats, coupled with favourable results elsewhere, but Neil knows there is little margin for error over the run-in.

“When you don’t win everything is called into question. I always call myself into question,” he said. “People were questioning me even when we were winning games, they perhaps wanted us to play a different way or with different players. My job is to make the decision I feel is right and we were successful last season on the back of that.

“Certainly I will ask myself could I have made a change earlier when we were 2-0 up, but in hindsight, looking at it over the course of the season, we have tried to sit back and protect leads and then it becomes nervous and we have conceded. Sometimes you are damned if you do or damned if you don’t.

“I wanted us to keep on going and by doing that we could have conceded a third but Seb Bassong has a chance five yards out right at the death in the final kick and didn’t make the right contact.”

Neil and his squad are in the Middle East this week for warm weather training and the City boss accepts every decision he makes over the home stretch could have massive implications.

“If you are in the Premier League and you are seen as one of the lower teams then there is that pressure to stay in the league,” he said. “But if you are Norwich in the Championship then you are expected to win games so that pressure is there all the time.”

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