Norwich City chief Alex Neil closes the book on Lewis Grabban’s red card

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has declared the fallout from Lewis Grabban's Rotherham red card is now

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has declared the fallout from Lewis Grabban's Rotherham red card is now over. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is convinced Norwich City have the firepower to cope without Lewis Grabban for the start of their Championship play-off quest.

Grabban begins the first of a three-match ban for his Rotherham red card against Fulham in Saturday's league finale, along with both legs of the club's semi-final push.

The former Bournemouth hitman would be available if City reach Wembley and Neil confirmed yesterday he had disciplined the striker for his reckless reaction to Craig Morgan's grapple at Rotherham. Neil, however, will draw on Grabban's recent spell on the sidelines after ankle surgery when it comes to his response.

'He was found guilty of what happened on the pitch and he has been punished. As far as we are concerned it has been dealt with and that matter is now closed,' said Neil. 'I know exactly how Lewis feels because I got sent-off in the second last game for Hamilton last season and missed a couple of play-off games.

'Sometimes you can be fortunate and get away with it, other times it is under the nose of the referee.

'The lad had Lewis in a headlock and Lewis has obviously reacted in a manner which he shouldn't have, but you could argue their player was fortunate not to be punished by the referee for the way he was holding Lewis.

'There was another incident later on as well where the boy Ben Pringle lashed out at Graham Dorrans. Games can swing on incidents like that.

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'I think we put a six-game winning run together with Lewis in the team and then he came out of the side when he picked up the ankle injury and we had to adapt. I was having to try and find a way to balance the team off without him for a couple of games when we didn't win and then we managed a five-game winning run, so we are more than capable of adapting.'

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