Alex Neil savours Norwich City’s miserly approach
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Norwich City chief Alex Neil admitted it was a touch greedy but a second consecutive clean sheet topped an emphatic 4-0 Championship win over Blackpool at Carrow Road.
Gary Hooper's hat-trick and Nathan Redmond's stunning 25-yard free kick deep in stoppage time moved the Canaries up a place to seventh, three points outside the play-off spots.
Seb Bassong was forced off with a back injury early in the first half, but John Ruddy's goal was again well-protected after the previous weekend's league shut-out at Birmingham.
'If we had won the game 4-2 I would still be happy,' said Neil. 'I would have been disappointed at conceding goals because we have worked on making sure we are more solid at the back and I thought we limited Blackpool to very little. I think scoring four goals, regardless of who you are playing against, and managing to keep a clean sheet is always pleasing.
'These games can be difficult and tricky at times. With us being the home team you are on a hiding to nothing. If you win comfortably it is expected and if you don't it's a bit of a disaster, so I am really pleased for the lads.'
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Neil was joined in the dugout for the first time at Norwich by his assistant manager Frankie McAvoy who moved south from Hamilton last week.
'Frankie is an out-going character. He is the type who mingles very well and probably will give me a bit of balance in terms of the person I am,' said Neil. 'The one thing I would say is that Gary Holt and Tony Parks have worked fantastically well. When I first arrived I went through everything in terms of how I expect us to function as a group and they are carrying the messages I want to get across to the players.'
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