Norwich City boss Alex Neil rules out EFL Cup hangover ahead of Brighton Championship duel
Norwich City will come out swinging at Brighton insists Alex Neil after a series of low blows.
The Canaries need to get back to winning ways at the expense of their Championship rivals, under former boss Chris Hughton, following a painful EFL Cup penalty exit at Leeds and recent dropped points in the league.
'We have turned a potentially good week into a frustrating one,' said Neil. 'If you look at the last three games, at Fulham we are 2-0 up doing really, really well and what happens in the second-half is a major disappointment. Against Preston we know we can play better but had more chances than them. They hurt us with a sucker punch on a set play and then at Leeds we put in a good display and concede two poor goals.
'We just need to perform well, cut out the silly errors and we will be fine.
'I don't think it will be hard to get the cup game out of the system, because we played well. What happened at home last Saturday was more a source of frustration because I didn't think we performed. We have made two crucial defensive mistakes on another day we don't. We just made errors and it cost us goals. They didn't win the game in that sense. We blame ourselves. We allowed them back in.'
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Neil is not willing to curb City's attacking beliefs but knows they have to tighten up after keeping only three clean sheets all season.
'Of course the number of goals we are conceding is an issue but we want to play on the front foot and be an attacking team and if it continually costs you goals then people will look at whether we need to be so offensive,' he said. 'I think we are at our best when we attack.
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'You can look at a lot of goals we have conceded and maybe put them down to people switching off or not doing their jobs properly, certainly the two at Leeds.'