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.