Alan Irvine seethes over Norwich City’s surrender in a 3-3 Championship stalemate at Leeds United
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Alan Irvine was 'angry, frustrated and disappointed' at the way Norwich City gifted Leeds United a way back into a 3-3 Championship draw at Elland Road.
City appeared to be cruising when Steven Naismith and Nelson Oliveira's brace put them in command. But Chris Wood grabbed Leeds a lifeline seconds after Oliveira had made it 3-0. Garry Monk's men surged forward after the interval with Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez levelling, before Naismith was red carded to cap a miserable second half for Irvine's visitors.
'My feeling at the moment is one of anger, frustration and disappointment,' he said. 'We could have then lost it, we could have won it because we had some good chances in the second half. We should have probably taken them and that finishes the game off.
'Certainly for 45 minutes we were outstanding and then in the 46th minute we were sloppy and unprofessional because we didn't get back into our positions quickly enough. We allowed Leeds to get out on their left to get the cross that gave them the lifeline that didn't look likely. We handed it to them.
'I feel frustrated at this moment. Not just for this game but what we showed in that first 45 minutes is what we are capable of at our best. Unfortunately we haven't produced that consistently enough. It was a crucial moment that minute before half-time. I'm sure it was a brilliant game for everyone else to watch. It certainly wasn't dull. The atmosphere was incredible. I knew it would be.
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'Certainly at the start of the first half, it wouldn't have been at the start of the second half if we had not slipped up in the way we did. We completely changed the mood in the stadium by allowing that goal before half time.'
Irvine had no issues with Naismith's dismissal for an ugly lunge at Ronaldo Vieira.
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'No complaints. I thought it might be a red from the moment the challenge went in,' he said. 'It was a mistimed tackle. It wasn't malicious and I expected the referee to show a red card and wasn't surprised when he did.'