Norwich City will recover from another Premier League low after Leicester City heart-break, insists Alex Neil
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Norwich City's late 1-0 Premier League defeat at Leicester City is not a fatal blow to the Canaries' fragile confidence, insists Alex Neil.
Leonardo Ulloa bundled home Marc Albrighton's cross in the 89th minute at the King Power stadium to deliver the latest in a growing list of setbacks to Norwich's survival prospects.
Leicester's win could be filed in the same category as Liverpool's epic 5-4 victory at Carrow Road and West Ham's late revival, along with the no shows at Bournemouth and Aston Villa since the turn of this year.
Neil, however, sought to apply some context to City's latest efforts in the East Midlands against a club who sit two points clear at the top.
'When you are 2-0 up at home and don't win the confidence takes more of a dent from that,' he said. 'When you go away to the league leaders and put in as good a performance as we did, of course the boys should be gutted not to get anything, but they can be relatively satisfied they put in a good day's work.
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'I think if Leicester were far the better side and deserved their win you take your humble pie, go home and re-group for the next game.
'In recent weeks we have been 2-0 up against West Ham, beating Liverpool 3-1 and here we had a great chance to get a point or maybe three if we had a bit of quality at the top end of the pitch to take one of our chances. Instead it ends up with us conceding the goal.'
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Nathan Redmond's display in a counter-attacking role drew praise from Neil along with the cultured promptings of Jonny Howson in a central axis alongside Alex Tettey.
'I thought Jonny Howson and Nathan Redmond were our two stand-outs on the pitch,' he said. 'Jonny was absolutely fantastic. I don't think anyone could have any criticism of the players. They worked their socks off. I thought we created the best chances and the shape was excellent.'