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Alex Neil relieved as Norwich City hold on for win

18 January 2015

New Norwich City manager Alex Neil expressed himself well satisfied with his side's 3-2 win over Cardiff City at Carrow Road.

Although, the Canaries nearly contrived to throw away a 3-0 half-time lead.

Neil's first home match in charge was an eventful affair, with the hosts dominating the opening period and then being pegged back after the interval - but he had few complaints afterwards.

"I thought we were excellent for 60 minutes and the bottom line is that we have come away with the three points, so I am happy with that," he said.

"In the first half we were always a threat going forward, we were strong in midfield and also defended well. I couldn't have asked for more.

"We also started the second half well but then they scored their goals and the game changed. I don't remember them having too many chances after that, while we had four or five breakaways which we should have made more of - but the overriding emotion at the end was one of relief because we really shouldn't have been in that position."

Neil was critical of the poor defending that let Cardiff back into the game.

"It's strange because last week at Bournemouth we defended really well with 10 men to see the game out," he said.

"Here, we failed to deal with two straight balls for the first goal while the second was a bog-standard clearance that should never have resulted in a goal.

"That is something we need to work on - and I also sensed some anxiety in our play when Cardiff got back into it and that will also need to be addressed. But overall I am delighted with the three points."

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