From hero to villain. It comes with the territory for Alex Neil at Norwich City

The Norwich City players look dejected as Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring Newcastle United's fourth

The Norwich City players look dejected as Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring Newcastle United's fourth goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City chief Alex Neil accepts he will go from hero to zero in the Championship this season.

City's impressive five-match winning streak ended abruptly in a stinging 4-3 stoppage time loss at promotion rivals Newcastle United.

Neil's squad look to get the show back on the road at Wolves on Saturday night in a televised fixture that will test the Canaries' resolve after blowing a 3-2 lead five minutes into stoppage time at St James' Park.

'One minute I am great and so are my players and the next it is rubbish, we are hopeless and everything is falling apart,' he said. 'We can't sit and feel sorry for ourselves. I said this after four wins, there will be peaks and troughs. Listen, 90 seconds is the difference from everyone coming back to Norfolk saying what a run we are on to, 'How is this going to affect us and how is morale?'. Is everyone wanting to crawl under their bed? No, it is football. The bottom line is you are as good as your last game so we need to get back on track.'

Neil labelled City's defeat at Newcastle as a 'freak'.


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'I use that word because for the last four or so games before that one we had to defend well for 10 minutes or so at the end in each one and we did it,' he said. 'Newcastle is the one occasion when we didn't stand up to it so it's not a common theme. Yes, it's disappointing and frustrating and it can't go unaddressed, but the turnaround in games is that quick we have no time to dwell. Is it good to have the Wolves' game so soon? I'll tell you after the game. What I do know is the onus is on us to react.'

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