‘Be bold and entertain’ - Alex Neil tells his Norwich City squad

Norwich manager Alex Neil is urging his side to continue their bold approach. Picture by Paul Cheste

Norwich manager Alex Neil is urging his side to continue their bold approach. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City will never take a backward step on Alex Neil's watch despite a heart-breaking stoppage time concession in a 2-2 Premier League draw at West Ham.

Cheik Kouyate lashed home in the 93rd minute to deny the Canaries a first win at Upton Park since 1989.

'Football is an entertainment sport, as far as I'm concerned,' said Neil. 'I want to watch football to be entertained and see good players doing good things. Passing the ball well, seeing passes, having that bit of creativity. I think I've got that in my team and I want to see my team entertain people. As a fan you go to see that. You don't go to see teams, in my eyes, grind it out and I don't want my teams to do that.

'There are certain teams who have a different style and are successful at that style. It's not one I'd adopt for my team. The only way your team and players will improve is if you play in the right way. We do that. When we've not got it, we want it back. When we have got it we want to look after it.'

Neil has already gone public to express his belief City have deserved more points on the board for their collective efforts back in the big time this season. Stoke City's England international Jack Butland was notably inspired in the 1-1 home league draw.

'We're a good side, we don't fear teams and we are not always going to play well but we are at the minute so we should enjoy it,' said Neil. 'I thought this was an entertaining match for 90 minutes and both teams went at it and played well.

'I think over the piece we've merited a few more points but ultimately we have to do enough to get those on the board.

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'All you ask of your players is they give you everything they have got and they carry out what I want from them and they did that, we just didn't defend our box for the last 30 seconds.'