Alex Neil calls for Norwich City to show some ‘b******s’ at Bristol City after Sheffield Wednesday mauling
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Alex Neil is demanding Norwich City 'show a bit of b******s' at Bristol City after an 'embarrassing' 5-1 Championship defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Neil refused to accept the Canaries' faint play-off hopes were ended at Hillsborough, but City head to Ashton Gate on Tuesday nine points adrift of the sixth-placed Owls.
'They have to go and show a bit of b******s,' he said. 'In terms of my pride I was embarrassed standing by the side of the pitch, I am sure some of the players should be and will be embarrassed by how they performed on it. We need to respond off the back of that. There are still 11 games left and things can change dramatically in the course of a week even. However I am not kidding on. We perform like that we have no chance. It becomes really difficult from this point. We have a lot of the top teams to play and if we perform in that manner then we give ourselves no opportunity. It is going to be extremely difficult to make the play-offs because there are teams in better form.'
Neil angrily rejected any suggestion his side raised the white flag at Hillsborough after fresh calamitous defending. Norwich were 2-0 down after 22 minutes when Ross Wallace pounced on John Ruddy's miscued clearance to spark the rout.
'There is a difference between not competing and not being aggressive enough and downing tools. That means a lack of effort and people not trying,' he said. 'I don't feel that was the case. We just didn't play well enough. Everybody can talk a good game and say how much they want things but the proof is in the pudding. If you are desperate and want something you will find a way.
'The last time we went up we had a need to go up. There was a desperation to how we played. We covered the extra yards, the extra inches for each other. Unfortunately at the moment we are not doing that away from home. That is where the vast majority of our problems have been. It takes a mentality and a grittiness and a desire to pick up results and we have lacked that and that is our main issue.
'If I am honest we have struggled with the expectation level for the majority of the season. We went to Rotherham, we went to Burton, places we needed to pick up wins and couldn't.'