Alex Neil will fight on at Norwich City after 3-2 Championship defeat to Leeds United
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Alex Neil insists he is ready to stand and fight to turnaround Norwich City's Championship nosedive after suffering a stoppage time 3-2 home defeat to Leeds United.
Sections of the Carrow Road support vented their frustration at the final whistle following a third straight league defeat, but the Scot is adamant he can get Norwich back on track.
Michael McGovern was unable to keep out Rolando Vieira's 35-yard shot after Kyle Lafferty appeared to have salvaged a point for the lacklustre Canaries. Pontus Jansson and Chris Wood had earlier cancelled out Robbie Brady's first-half header which was diverted over his own line by Luke Ayling.
'I have to be positive. I don't think after three weeks, when we were sitting top of the table, I become a bad manager suddenly or the boys become bad players,' said Neil. What has happened is we got a bit comfortable in terms of what we were doing and it has come back to bite us on the backside. Now you have to raise your game, show some desire and b******s, basically. We have to accept that pressure and deal with what is coming our way.'
Neil refused to blame McGovern for Norwich's latest calamitous defeat.
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'From the distance he hits it you expect him to save it but it is difficult to see from my position in terms of how many bodies might have been in the way, how late he sees it,' said Neil. 'I wouldn't put it at Michael's door that was the sole reason we lost the game. I think we had opportunities within the game and in terms of the goals we conceded, again, so simple.
'First one we lose our man and then Louis Thompson is on the post and tries to get up and slips. Then on the second, we lose a runner and don't track the full-back and they go and score. That was from us losing the ball. Our decision-making is what has cost us again.'
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The City boss admitted the toxic build-up following last weekend's 5-0 humiliation at Brighton contributed to a below-par home display.
'We started quite nervy. I think you could see all the chat of the week perhaps after what happened at Brighton,' said Neil. 'Once we got a goal we settled down, we looked relatively okay until the break. Then at half-time the message was to go out and replicate that. We had some good opportunities in that first-half and our final shot we didn't get away quickly enough.
'Once they scored in the second-half I think you could see a fear about us, worrying about what was going to happen from then onwards. For whatever reason we seem to have issues in the second-half. I didn't think it was for a lack of effort from the players and how they went about their business. We get ourselves back in at 2-2 and then the lad has a shot from about 35 yards and when it is going against you those end up in the back of the net.'