Norwich City boss Alex Neil annoyed by Sunderland concession
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Sunderland's late strike tarnished Norwich City's 3-1 Premier League cruise for Alex Neil.
The Scot was unable to hide his disappointmentat pitchside, which was matched by City defenders in the vicinity of Duncan Watmore, who rifled a bouncing strike beyond John Ruddy to deny the visitors a clean sheet at the Stadium of Light.
'How annoyed was I? Very annoyed, as were the group,' said Neil. 'Which is a good thing, I think. We are probably arguing more about that after the game than the (Crystal) Palace result. It just shows how we go about our business and the standards we expect from each other. That is a positive thing.'
Neil was handsomely rewarded for two changes to his starting line up from that opening day reverse against the Eagles with Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond both prominent. Jerome was a constant menace, while Redmond sealed the victory.
'I felt Cameron looked a real threat when he came on the previous week,' said Neil. 'Lewis (Grabban) played well, but I thought that wee bit of a clinical edge and Cameron with his pace would really cause the two centre backs a lot of problems, which he did.
'Nathan showed against Palace he was getting himself up to speed and at times here again I thought he was excellent.
'I don't feel Bradley (Johnson) has played as well as he is capable of doing so far this season. Bradley did well last year but he hasn't reached those levels up to this point and that is why he didn't play.
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'I think you can always talk in hindsight about whether you have it right but everyone is a master of pointing things out once the game is actually done. Doing it beforehand is the key to being successful and winning games.'