Alex Neil gets the anger of Norwich City fans after QPR inflict a fourth straight Championship defeat
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Alex Neil understands the anger of Norwich City fans but pledged to fight on after QPR inflicted a fourth Championship defeat on the spin.
The Canaries played virtually the entire game at Loftus Road with 10 men, following Martin Olsson's early red card for handling the ball on his own line. Tjaronn Chery missed the penalty but Conor Washington and Sebastian Polter struck prior to the interval, with Steven Naismith replying to set up a nervy finish for the hosts.
More than 3,000 Norwich fans travelled to London and Neil acknowledged they were short-changed again.
'It is tough because my job is to set up the team and win games and with the squad we have got we should be doing better than we are doing,' he said. 'That is the disappointing thing. The fans are frustrated, annoyed and angry and everything that goes with not winning. All I can say is I am working extremely hard to try and turn it around. The players showed in the second-half they are doing the same and we will aim to win the next game.'
Neil admitted Olsson's red card, in what Rangers' new boss Ian Holloway labelled a 'bizarre' start to the contest, was symptomatic of City's current downturn.
'Apparently there were a couple of fouls leading up to the incident. I am too far away to see it,' said Neil. 'I have seen it since on the video and to be honest with you I still can't make it out. The referee is a brave man to make that decision through a crowd of bodies. When you are on bad runs those type of decisions go against you. I have been on the other side where those things fall for you and everything goes your way and we are on a bad run at the minute.
'The one thing the response showed after that is the lads are doing everything they can in terms of fighting to turn this around. When you lose a man literally after 30 seconds of the game all the work you have done on the training field during the week goes out of the window, to a certain extent. It then becomes difficult but we should defend on the throw-in better for that particular incident and the first goal they score is from a corner.
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'Regardless of whether you have 10 men or not it is about winning your individual battles and making sure you come out the better end. We lose the first header, we don't pick up the second man and it ends up in the back of our net. Then from there with 10 men it makes it doubly difficult.'