Rough justice for Norwich City boss Alex Neil in 2-2 Championship draw at Wigan
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Alex Neil was adamant Norwich City were victims of rough justice in Tuesday night's 2-2 Championship draw at relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.
The Scot made his feelings clear to the officials who disallowed Russell Martin's first half header prior to Nelson Oliveira putting the Canaries in front. Mitchell Dijks salvaged a point from close range after Omar Bogle's second half brace had rocked City back.
'The frustration for me is the goal Russell scored was onside. I saw it back at half-time. That was a big disappointment,' said Neil. 'I told the officials as well at the break. It looked to me like Russell actually had to step in front of a Wigan player when the ball came back off the bar.
'I questioned it as it happened and informed them at the start of the second half I had watched it. I told them it was a poor decision. You know immediately if it is close and that would have helped us.
'Over the piece we were the better side for 70 minutes and they had a 20 minute, in which they score twice. You are never going to dominate for the full 90 minutes. You have to defend those periods and keep the ball out of your net.'
Neil admitted City's soft centre was exposed by Wigan's recent signing Bogle.
'We can't be much bigger as a team but you have to go and head the ball away when it comes into your box,' he said. 'It really is as simple as that. Look at the size of our boys. Mitchell and Timm Klose are 6ft 4in. Cameron Jerome is 6ft 2in, Nelson the same and Russell is 6ft 1in. We are not a small side, we are a big unit and we should be defending our box better. Big Mitch loses his marker for his goal but equally he is picking up Bogle for his header. We scored ourselves from two set plays as well.
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'We had good pressure and played most of that opening period in their half. We were still on top at the start of the second half and then they get a couple of balls down the side of us, force a set play or two, and get a goal from that. I thought that was a turning point for 15 minutes. They get the upper hand and we stop picking up second balls. We couldn't keep the ball at the top end of the pitch.
'Then obviously the free kick we concede is poor. We rallied, made it 2-2 and Josh Murphy has a great opportunity. He does everything right and the keeper saves it with his left leg.'