Alex Neil - Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome will brush off his Everton miss

Norwich City pair Russell Martin and Wes Hoolahan react to Cameron Jerome's (pictured, background) s

Norwich City pair Russell Martin and Wes Hoolahan react to Cameron Jerome's (pictured, background) second-half miss. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome is too experienced to dwell on his second half miss against Everton, says Alex Neil.

The battle to become Norwich City's leading man remains up for grabs after Neil's pre-match clarion call to his strikers. Jerome spurned the chance to press his claims when he thumped over Wes Hoolahan's clever back heel seven yards.

'I wouldn't say it will harm Cameron's confidence. Strikers miss chances,' said Neil. 'The most important thing is he is in there to get chances. I thought his work-rate and application were excellent. We gave Cameron a run of eight or nine games earlier in the season but I just felt we needed to freshen it and since then we are not quite sure where we are in terms of our strikers.

'That chance won't play on his mind, but at this level it is a glaring opportunity. You need to make them count. Nathan (Redmond) had another one when all he needed to do was slide it into Cameron's path and he was through one on one. The selection of pass was poor, so we definitely had opportunities to win it. I thought we were the best side in the second half and looked more threatening.'

Neil resisted the temptation to introduce Dieumerci Mbokani or Lewis Grabban in the final throes.

'I was tempted but I just felt the way the game was going we were the team who had more opportunity going forward,' he said. 'I do worry if you fling another striker on and the ball doesn't stick they out-number you in the middle of the park and I think the last thing we needed at the moment was to lose a late goal. Jonny Howson had a strike that went over the bar in that period and sometimes the best thing you can do is not change it.

'If I felt we were looking like conceding I might have so.'

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