Norwich City boo boys will not change Alex Neil’s mind
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Alex Neil will risk the wrath of Norwich City's boo boys again to get the Canaries' Championship promotion bid up and running.
City's drab 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday prompted some sections of the Carrow Road home support to vent their frustration at the final whistle.
Neil sacrificed Cameron Jerome in the final quarter for midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, in a bid to disrupt the impressive Owls, on a day which underlined the pressing need to recruit strikers.
'I know right away before I make that change the reaction I am going to get,' said Neil. 'However, my job is to make sure we get something from the game. Fans come and pay their money and they want to be entertained, they want to see us play well and we didn't do that. If they want to boo at the end that is entirely up to them, but listen, we will play a lot better than that. I accept we didn't perform and I am disappointed, so are the players.
'At that stage we didn't have the ball, we were chasing the ball and they were creating a lot of problems for us so I had to make a decision that was going to try and get us something from the game.
'I could have chucked another striker on and it may have won us the game, it may not, which then means you have two bodies up the top of the pitch and we are one man down in the middle, or I try and solidify it. That is what we chose to do and I think it helped get us a point. You want to go and win the games, of course, but you have to look at how the tide is panning out. It is all fine and well wanting to make an aggressive change but that can work against you as much as for you.'
Neil has made it publicly clear he wants a couple of fresh hitmen before the close of the window.
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'I don't think anybody needs convincing, regardless of that result. Everybody inside the club, everybody who comes and watches the games, knows we need to try and strengthen up front and we are trying to strengthen as quickly as we can,' he said. 'Listen, we are not like some other clubs who will document and tell you everything that is going on. Everyone knows we are looking for a striker and when it is done so will everybody else.'