Alex Neil: “You would expect the officials to get it right”

Alex Neil: “You would expect the officials to get it right”

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Norwich manager Alex Neil says he is disappointed with the manner of the goals his side conceded against Chelsea as they lost 2-1 at Carrow Road. The Canaries conceded after 39 seconds to Kenedy’s fastest goal of the Premier League season so far and then Diego Costa‘s strike before half-time should have been ruled out for offside, but by assistant referee’s fault the goal has been awarded, in spite of the protests of players and manager.

“He is offside. I’ve seen it back on the video” Neil said. “You would expect the officials to get it right. It’s disappointing they don’t get it right. They’ll be disappointed they didn’t get it right. But the linesman’s called it how he saw it. It’s not as if he’s two or three yards offside. He’s probably a yard, half a yard. You’d like to think he would’ve got that one correct, but when you’re down at that bottom end those wee bits of fortune that you look for just don’t come your way. We’re disappointed, really frustrated, but it is what it is.”

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink on his side was yet to see a replay of the Costa goal, but was frustrated the Blues had not scored a second prior to then. He said: “I haven’t seen it yet, but if so I can understand if people are frustrated in the other dressing room”.