Alex Neil proud of sickly Norwich City in a 2-0 Birmingham Championship win
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Alex Neil revealed Norwich City's squad had to overcome a sickness bug to beat Birmingham City 2-0 in the Championship.
City's Colney training ground will be a no go area until next Tuesday in a bid to ensure no more of Neil's troops go down with the same symptoms. Sergi Canos and Alex Pritchard were sent home from Carrow Road prior to kick-off on Saturday, with Jacob Murphy, Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey all suffering this week.
'We have had a bug going around. It sounds like we are in the midst of it,' said Neil. 'We are going to shut the training ground down Sunday, Monday and get it disinfected and get the cleaners in to make sure it is all spick and span. I want the lads in their houses and then hopefully they come back in on Tuesday ready to go. It probably lends itself to the fact the (transfer) window only has a couple of days left so they can get out of my way and I can crack on with my work for a couple of days in that area.
'I thought we started the second-half quite sluggishly and that might in part be down the bug. Jacob Murphy didn't train during the week. Cameron Jerome didn't train during the week. I had to send Alex Pritchard and Sergi Canos home from the stadium today before the game because they are vomiting and Alex Tettey had to come off because he was not feeling well. A lot of credit has to go the players how well they played and stuck to their task and rallied because some of them were dead on their feet. All of them had the same symptoms.'
Neil admitted Norwich were too open at times against Gianfranco Zola's Blues.
'They are a good side,' he said. 'They will win games and they could have scored but, equally, we could have had another three or four in the second-half but for good keeping or poor finishing. We conceded chances maybe a bit too easy in the first-half but if you play an open, expansive brand of football that is going to happen.'