Norwich City just getting warmed up, Alex Neil warns the Canaries’ Championship rivals

Norwich City manager Alex Neil knows his side can play better than the opening weeks of the Champion

Norwich City manager Alex Neil knows his side can play better than the opening weeks of the Championship season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is warning Norwich City's Championship rivals there is plenty more to come from his side after a frustrating 1-1 East Anglian derby draw at Ipswich Town.

Neil was less than impressed at the manner City conceded Jonas Knudsen's equaliser at Portman Road after Cameron Jerome had put the visitors in front.

Norwich remain unbeaten, with eight points from their opening four games, but Neil is setting much higher standards in the quest for promotion.

'I don't think we did enough to win it if I am being honest,' he said. 'If we had played very well here and come away 1-1 I would be a lot happier. We need to turn draws into wins. I would rather be saying after a game how well we have played and we were excellent. That is where my frustration lies because I know we have got it in us and we didn't display that.

'It is a good start, I am not going to say it is anything other than that but I look at more than performance than results. There is more to come and once we get better options, in terms of forwards, I expect that to be the case because Cameron is having to put in a real shift every game.'


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City returned across the border with a fresh injury concern to add to a growing list after the impressive Ivo Pinto was replaced at the interval.

'He tweaked a muscle so he couldn't continue and we have to assess that now,' said Neil. 'It was a loss but by the same token Steven (Whittaker) had the two best chances for us in the second half. He hits the post with a great strike and has one cleared off the line, although he nearly gifts them a goal by trying to dribble out of his own six yard box at the end.

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'I didn't think our play deserved to go on and win it but we had the best chances in terms of those two and Jacob Murphy went through at the end. We didn't move the ball as quickly as we should have. We didn't play it in behind their midfield and defence quickly enough. We needed to be better on the ball.'

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