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Frustrated Norwich Manager – Most Bizarre Game Ever

8:18 am, Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Norwich manager Alex Neil according to the Norwich Evening News never wants to set foot inside St James’ Park again after a ‘bizarre’ 4-3 stoppage time defeat last night at Newcastle United.

Norwich City were winning the game 3-2 going into six minutes of stoppage time and believe it or believe it not – but Newcastle scored two goals in the final 90 seconds of the game to somehow come away with all 3 points and we are now within one point of Norwich City in the league table.


Alex Neil – Norwich City manager

We’ve heard of a six point turnover – but in the last 90 seconds of such an important game?

It was simply amazing.

You can imagine how frustrated Alex Neil was after the game especially after last season’s 6-2 loss at St. James’ Park in our 9th league game which was our first win in last season’s nightmare.


Norwich City players after conceding 4th goal to Newcastle

This is what Alex said to the Norwich Evening news:

“I have been here twice now and they are probably two of the most bizarre games I have ever been involved in as a player, manager, anything,”

“I feel frustrated, disappointed for the players and with them. A whole range of emotions.”

“I am sure they will be frustrated and angry with each other because they will feel they could have defended better themselves. It really was a bizarre end to a game we should have seen out.”

“We got ourselves into a position at 3-1 where we should be comfortable and we conceded a goal from a 60-yard straight ball down the middle of our team.”

“We didn’t defend it properly and once Newcastle stuck two strikers on to try and get down the sides of us I brought another centre-back on.”

“From that point we defended relatively well and it is 3-2 with 90 seconds left to see the game out. We don’t defend our box well enough. It is as simple as that.”

“I’ll be honest with you that has been an issue for us all season long.”

“For whatever reason I would go as far to say in about seven of the games so far we have played four or more extra minutes at the end,” he said.

“I don’t know if it’s a new initiative they have going. I actually asked the referee, ‘Where does the six minutes come from?’ because I didn’t see that.”

“He tried to say this and that but it’s just nonsense. What they want to do is keep the going as long as possible.”

“However, if they want to play six minutes then we have to defend for six minutes, not for four and a half.”

If Norwich had held their lead and won the game they would be on 23 points and 7 points ahead of Newcastle and as it turns out they are now just one point above us in the league.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    cheers Ed…

    My personal running points totals predictor was for 19 points by the end of September.
    Abetter month just gone made up for a poor return in August.
    But we are on target folks, played some big names in this league early on, got a good run coming up…so make the most of it lads,.
    I want 32 points, total, by the end of the month (and into the next round of the cup would be nice too)

  • 2 Ron Knee // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Good picture quality. Goals and near misses:

  • 3 Budge123 // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Where does the 6 mins come from you moaning moaner?
    Try the time lost after the 3 goals ( in second half before 90mins) try the time lost for slow substitutions try time lost for Norwich taking an age over every kick and throw.
    6 mins seemed right to me not even on the long side.

    Ahh what a shame

  • 4 sing in the corner // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Sour grapes,which you can kind of understand after an ending like that. But Alex knows it comes down to us having the greater desire and character.
    Over the whole game we were deserved winners. Their goals were a pen, a superb finish and a complete fluke. Very much, it seemed, against the run of play throughout he game…

  • 5 stephen1971 // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    we should of had them buried in the first half but this is nufc, great comeback which would never in a million years happened last year, a good run of games coming up now so lets hope rafa keeps the lads focused and we can do some real damage to our rivals next month

  • 6 Kabul Fish // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    At about 2335hrs I left to go to the airhead with the Toon winning 1-nil….
    Got up this morning hoping we had hung onto the lead…what a shocker to see the result!!! Over the moon to see we came back and got the win. Brilliant 🙂

    Thank u to all bloggers who attended and reported their experiences – makes for great reading!

  • 7 sing in the corner // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Rotherham,bottom of the able, lost last 3…
    I trust Rafa to keep everyone on task and mentally right etc…
    But football is basically a simple game. Let’s get after them from the start!!! 🙂

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    There’s always been the contingent who leave five minutes early to ‘miss the traffic’ – I seem to remember a season once when it was adjudged said crew missed many of our last gasp winners – but what I was talking about the other day about cheap tickets demographic is borne out by those not able to support their team who are losing with 20 whole minutes left. Pathetic. I never left a game early, and I don’t think anyone should except on medical grounds 🙂

  • 9 Thump // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I didn’t even notice Mitro grabbing Gayle at the end and literally wrestling him to the ground. Can never be sure if Mitro is playing or trying to kill somebody…

  • 10 hibbit // Sep 29, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    the fans that go just before the end leave for many reasons and its there right people with kids older fans women don’t like the crush , public transport lots of fans have there own reason to miss those final minutes but its there choice

  • 11 juan // Sep 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Alex Neil must have been watching a different game if he wondered where the 6 minutes came from. Time wasting all the 2nd half came back to haunt them. Unbelievable atmosphere at the end. Will never be forgotten that game.

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