Alex Neil targets Norwich City striker transfer raid ahead of Sunderland trip

Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban's close range shot slips wide against Crystal Palace. Picture by

Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban's close range shot slips wide against Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil wants a new striker to join Norwich City's Premier League crusade before this weekend's first away trip to Sunderland.

The Scot confirmed after the Canaries' 3-1 opening day loss to Crystal Palace he is keen to conclude a summer-long search for fresh firepower following City's frustrating afternoon against the Eagles.

Lewis Grabban spurned an early close range chance in a contest marred by Cameron Jerome's controversial disallowed goal.

'Lewis will be fine,' said Neil. 'That'll happen, you make a bad pass, you miss a chance. It's just a question of dusting yourself down and making sure it doesn't happen again, make sure the next game is your best game, that's exactly how we'll approach it. This game is done. We'll pick the bones out of it on Monday then look forward to Sunderland.

'We are looking to add another forward and I have been quite open about that. At this level you need quality at the top end of the pitch and we have some good players there but the squad needs a bit of help as well. A lot of these things are out of your control so you're really depending on others. I'd like to hope we'd try to get someone in before Saturday, but I couldn't say for definite. It's difficult.'

Neil's first brush with the Premier League proved a bittersweet experience.

'I've already discovered it can be extremely frustrating,' he said. 'You set your team up, you dominate a lot of the ball, you do well within the game and limit the opposition to, I think, ten opportunities at goal when we had 19. It's the fine margins and making sure you take your opportunities and make them count. Unfortunately that didn't happen for us. I told the lads afterwards I didn't think they were that bad but it is those fine margins at crucial times that will be the difference between three points and getting none.

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'The whole team is disappointed because as the possession and chances show we had more opportunities to score, we dominated the ball and didn't get our just rewards. We will play worse than that and win other games.'

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