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Cup exit lets Norwich focus on relegation

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By Manik Bin Mann
Football Reporter

Norwich insist they can now concentrate on getting relegated after crashing out of the League Cup.

The Canaries lost on penalties at Everton to dismiss fears a cup run would be a distraction from their goal of dropping back to the Championship.

Alex Neil’s team is currently on a brilliant winless Premier League run going back to the start of September.

But the players gave fans an early Halloween fright by taking Everton to extra time.

The Norfolk side then held out for 30 minutes and heart-stopping penalties before missing from the spot to ensure the right result.

A club insider said: ‘We can now concentrate on our relegation campaign, which is going so well.

“A run in the League Cup would turn the players and fans’ heads. Now is the time to stick together and concentrate on our main aim.”

Norwich owner Delia Smith wants a quick return to the Championship so they can have a realistic chance of winning football matches again.

But hopes of being able to face East Anglian rivals Ipswich are looking bleak because the troubled Tractor Boys are appear to be heading for League One.

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