Alex Neil subjects his Norwich City players to a Newcastle video nasty

Norwich manager Alex Neil and his players have watched the worst bits of a 6-2 Premier League defeat

Norwich manager Alex Neil and his players have watched the worst bits of a 6-2 Premier League defeat at Newcastle United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is backing his Norwich City players to come good after subjecting them to a video nasty of their Premier League mauling at Newcastle.

The Scot suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career in a 6-2 loss at St James' Park before revealing on Friday he had watched the game back five times in a bid to avoid any repeat this season.

'You have to stick your chest out and go and make sure in the next game you go and perform a lot better and hopefully go and win,' he said, ahead of Saturday's home game against West Brom.

'As a player I had a few heavy defeats, but I had never conceded six in three years of managing so it was a hard one to take.

'It isn't the worst I have felt after a game because if my team doesn't perform or there is a lack of heart and desire that hurts me more. I didn't think that was the case. I have been involved in games when my teams have played worse than that.

'We just didn't do our jobs right defensively. The video when I sit down with the players to analyse each game generally takes about 40 minutes, that one took about an hour and a half but it is done and then it is put to bed. It must be because the challenge against West Brom is completely different to Newcastle.'

City host the Baggies after an intensive week on the training pitch.

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'We know what we are good at, that is keeping the ball, we create chances, we go forward well and we have scored a lot of goals this season,' said Neil. 'So that doesn't need attention, to be honest. I think the other side is what needed attention and that is what we have focused on more.'

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