Alex Neil wants to take risks at Norwich City

Norwich City's slow start to the second half proved costly against Derby County. Picture by Paul Che

Norwich City's slow start to the second half proved costly against Derby County. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

John Ruddy's fumble may have been the main focus of attention but Alex Neil dismissed any idea Norwich City's second half start offered Derby encouragement.

The Canaries looked tentative immediately after the interval, with City frustrated in their attempts to play out from the back through centre-backs Seb Bassong and Russell Martin.

'In any match you are not going to flow for the full 90 minutes. There will always be a five or 10 minute spell perhaps when you hit a wee lull or the opposition have an impact on the game,' said Neil. 'I didn't necessarily feel they forced that impact, perhaps we risked it at times at the back during that spell when maybe we could have put it forward a bit quicker, but sometimes you have to take that risk to get the game to open up and create that space to go and score.

'Some of the chances we eventually created came from dragging them out in the middle of the park to create that space to get in behind to go and really hurt them. At times it worked, other times it didn't, but if I asked my players to go and just bang the ball from back to front no-one wants to watch that, you want to see them risk the ball in tight areas and drag the opposition out to hurt them.'

• Jacob Murphy played the full 90 minutes in League One Colchester's 3-2 home defeat to Crawley after completing a loan move until the end of the season.

'We have been working on that one for a couple of days and it was just a case of getting the details done,' said Neil. 'I think it will be good for both parties. The chances of Jacob playing in the first team between now and the end of the season were probably slight.'

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