Jonny Howson’s mixed bag typified Norwich City’s struggles against Leicester City

Jonny Howson endured a mixed day in Norwich City's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Leicester City. Pict

Jonny Howson endured a mixed day in Norwich City's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Leicester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jonny Howson's unwanted role in both of Leicester City goals was not lost on Alex Neil.

The versatile Norwich City midfielder paid a high price for two costly turnovers, which typified the Canaries' slackness for Neil on a frustrating afternoon at Carrow Road.

'Yes, I was fully aware of that and Jon will know himself,' said Neil. 'It is like any player, if they lose their runner on a set-piece for a goal or lose the ball and the other team go up the park and score they don't need to be told. Jon will know he was at fault for losing the ball on two occasions and it led to goals.

'The one thing I will say is on the second one it is 75 yards up the pitch, so we have a lot of time to then try and repair it and we didn't do that well enough.

'You have to give credit to Leicester, they have pace at the top end of the pitch and we knew that was coming, that is the frustrating part of being a manager. Everything that happened in this game we had spoken about, we had worked on trying to stop it, but the easiest way to do that is by not giving away cheap possession and we didn't do that well enough.'

Neil preferred to focus on his own side's deficiencies than heap praise the Foxes.

'If I am being honest I don't think it was too much about Leicester,' he said. 'They played their part really well, for them, but our use of the ball and our passing, it's not as if we were under great pressure, they were just poor first touches. We didn't look as sharp as we have been and it is difficult to quantify because it wasn't just one or two players.

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'The front lads were starved of possession because our movement between the zones was not quick enough to get it too them.

'I didn't think Leicester controlled the game at any stage but we know what their strengths are in terms of counter-attacking and we didn't stop it.'