‘West Ham result feels like yet another wasted opportunity for Norwich City’

Norwich Manager Alex Neil during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul C

Norwich Manager Alex Neil during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Canaries columnist Matt Howman believes City let two points slip from their grasp against West Ham and hopes Alex Neil has all the support he needs.

Here we are again, another fixture in the calendar ticked off and I still can't quite believe we aren't celebrating a much needed three points.

At 2-0 I remember looking up at the scoreboard as the 70th minute ticked by thinking, 'there's no way we can throw this away from here'.

But how wrong I was.

A point gained? The debate continues. For me, it's yet another wasted opportunity brought on by a very nervous and shaky defence.


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What I did notice is that our approach to the game was very much like the Alex Neil branding from early on in the season, albeit with a touch of edge and anxiety from players who were desperate not to go a goal down.

I would also like to add, for the pockets of 'Neil Out' advocates who have begun to form in recent weeks, his approach reaped its rewards.

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But then it all changed. Two quick-fire goals from West Ham and if it wasn't for a dose of good luck we could have thrown the game away in the same manner as we did against Liverpool; our position in the table shows it's just not good enough.

Looking at the bigger picture and after dwelling on the numerous fans calling for Neil to be sacked, my concerns lie with the other backroom staff that make up the coaching team.

Does Neil have a backroom team around him that will help him take a squad, made up of several previously relegated players, and develop them into a team capable of staying in the Premier League?

Nathan Redmond, inset, is a good example of this.

A player with a huge amount of talent and potential, but questioned time and time again for not having that end product and fulfilling his promise.

I think when the next transfer window comes around it shouldn't be about what players we can get in.

Our aim should be to look at who we can bring in to get the best out of who we have got in the squad already.

Our squad, on paper, should be doing better than they currently are.

Does that responsibility fall on Neil? Of course.

He himself will own up to that. But I think it's about time it's not just the manager who has to take the blame for our shortcomings.

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