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Norwich took a leaf out of Arsenal's book for Swansea win admits Alex Neil

By Staff Reporter

Norwich boss Alex Neil has revealed that Arsenal provided the blueprint for the Canaries' 1-0 Premier League defeat of Swansea.

Jonny Howson's close-range second-half header secured victory on Saturday after the manager had reorganised his team into a more defensive shape to attack the Swans on the counter.

Norwich allowed their visitors the majority of the possession - as Arsenal had done in their 3-0 away victory a week previous - to successfully end a run of six games without a win, but Neil acknowledged that such negativity represented a risk in front of a home crowd when the Canaries were not hosting a top-four team.

"We watched Arsenal and in the first-half they conceded possession and managed to hit them and hurt them on the counter-attack," said Neil, who had Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty on the bench.

"I thought we did similar: in the first-half our use of the ball wasn't good enough, which meant we sat deeper and deeper, but as the second-half wore on we were much more threatening.

"Managing a club, you're always going to be under pressure and if it didn't work and we lost the game, then I would have been heavily criticised but that's the facts of football."

Swans boss Garry Monk said: "We're not as potent as we want, we're arriving in those areas and we're not making good use of them.

"That's something for me to work on with the players. They're good enough, it's about getting them sharper."

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