Norwich City boss Alex Neil has no sympathy for Wolves’ offender Carl Ikeme
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Alex Neil had no sympathy for Carl Ikeme after a rush of blood from the Wolves keeper tilted a feisty Championship contest in Norwich's favour.
Ikeme took to social media on Sunday to accuse Wes Hoolahan of diving to earn the hosts a penalty and prompt his sending-off for an angry shove on the midfielder in the ensuring melee.
'Once the decision has been made, the last thing you can do is lift your hands so that was the right outcome. It was unprofessional from the goalkeeper,' said Neil. 'I turned around looking for the ball when the penalty was awarded and then I turned back when I heard the fans' response and reaction and I saw the lad trying to get his hands on Wes.
'People tell me both penalties were soft and if that is the case then fair enough. At pitch level, as I am, it was hard to get a clear view of either incident. My real frustration came from the fact when they got a penalty the game was only 1-0 and it really should have been two or three.
'We had some good chances in the first-half. Cameron (Jerome) hits the post the start of the second-half. If that goes in I think it really changes the game.'
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Former City boss Paul Lambert admitted Ikeme's red mist left his side facing an uphill battle with defender Matt Doherty having to go in goal after making all three substitutions.
'After that it becomes difficult but credit to the team they kept on going and we went to three at the back and still playing two up front,' he said. 'Everybody who knows me will know I was always going to try and attack. We had a good number of fans behind us and I wasn't going to sit back and wait for something to happen. We still threatened with ten men as well and second-half were right in the game.
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'My team have been in great form and I am delighted with what they have given us in this period.
'It's football – you win games and you lose games. I have told the lads there is nothing to be down about. We were up against a good team and most of the players have been with them in the Premier League. The first 20 minutes was the problem when they started too slowly but they gave it a real go in the second-half. We huffed and puffed but didn't really get things going.'