Norwich City players are hurting insists Alex Neil
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Alex Neil insists Norwich City's Championship decline is hurting his players.
The Canaries' under-performing squad are in danger of finishing well adrift of the top six after a midweek 1-1 draw at Bristol City extended their winless run to five league games.
Norwich's travelling support have made their feelings clear in the last two depressing away days, and Neil is well aware what is required ahead of Saturday's home return against relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers.
'Listen, the players are as disappointed as me about what happened at (Sheffield Wednesday). It is not a case of I'm feeling it and they are like, 'too bad' type of thing. They are not happy,' said Neil.
'It calls them into question as much as anything else. I would have expected them to go out and respond in the manner with which they did (on Tuesday). First-half it was a good reaction. I thought the lads worked their socks off.
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'Let's hope we can get better and move forward. We have not been great on the road and the second-half typified that. We are better than that.
'I don't think it is any coincidence that we have been playing away from home for three of the last few games. At home we are better. It is really frustrating because we need to improve that aspect away.
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'It (the play-offs) is not done but games like the other night were an opportunity for us to close the gap again and we didn't take it.'
Yanic Wildschut's first goal for the club since a deadline day signing from Wigan was the one highlight of more dropped points at Ashton Gate.
Wildschut and fellow wide boy Josh Murphy were two of four changes to Norwich's starting line up before Murphy was withdrawn in the midst of a late onslaught from the Robins.
'I thought first-half him and Josh did particularly well. After the break perhaps you could see they hadn't played that much because we lost our intensity at the top end of the pitch,' said the City chief. 'Perhaps our front three's work ethic wasn't as good as it could have been in that period. When you are under pressure you don't want to take your pace off but I had to sacrifice somewhere. If I put more technical players in the chances are we sit deeper and deeper.'