‘Angry’ Neil left crestfallen after dramatic late Liverpool loss

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 4:28

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Norwich boss Alex Neil was crestfallen and lost for words after watching his side give away a 3-1 lead to lose 5-4 at home to Liverpool.

The Canaries conceded early on but managed to get themselves into a 3-1 lead after the break, only to throw it all away when Adam Lallana grabbed a late winner for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Neil said: “We were good value for 3-1. I thought we were the better side.

“They scored really quickly after we got our third goal, through poor defending from us.

“I don’t really know what to say. Defensively they made extremely poor decisions, cost ourselves three points, because we had it comfortably.

“We failed to make correct decisions at vital times in the game and it cost us goals.

“People’s lasting memory of this game will be what happened in the last 25 minutes of this game.

“Up until then everything was going well for us, but then we transpired to really be the makers of our own downfall, through poor decision making, not looking after the ball, looking nervous and edgy at the back and basically not defending our box well enough.

“I didn’t really celebrate the fourth goal, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“I’m extremely angry. And so should they be. Angry with themselves, frustrated.

“We managed to score four goals at home, which should mean we’re going home with three points.”

Naismith’s performance was a bright point, but Neil could only think of the manner of the defeat.

He added: “He was good, but it’s so frustrating, because I’m pretty sure the forward play that we had, the boys will be thinking we deserved something from the game.

“But when you defend the way we did as a team it isn’t really going to matter.”

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