Thursday 27 October 2016

Neil blasts Canaries

Joleon Lescott
Joleon Lescott

Norwich boss Alex Neil questioned the Canaries' character after they slumped to a wretched defeat at Aston Villa.

They slipped into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a 2-0 loss at Villa Park on Saturday. Goals from Joleon Lescott (below) and Gabby Agbonlahor condemned the Canaries to their sixth straight defeat in all competitions and they have shipped 19 goals during that run.

"Not until we were 2-0 down," he said, when asked if Norwich showed enough character.

"If you watch the Premier League they shouldn't need building up. That's motivation in itself. Nobody wants to feel the pain of relegation. I've got two promotions back-to-back and the last thing I want to do is go back.

"I've been used to winning and when you start losing it's difficult to handle. It's not nice. You want to fight, you need the players to do that. They have to show that passion. What we have to do is make sure we have enough bottle to respond. If you are that fragile and your confidence is hurt because you've lost a couple of games you're in the wrong game."

Newcastle's 1-0 win over West Brom ensured the Canaries fell into the bottom three while Villa remained at the foot, despite victory.

Villa boss Remi Garde said of goalscorer Agbonlahor: "I'm pleased he is back on track."

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