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Alex Neil delivers a bullish New Year message to his Norwich City squad

06:37 01 January 2016

Norwich City manager Alex Neil admits the Premier League has been a sharp learning curve. 
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil admits the Premier League has been a sharp learning curve. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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‘Let’s finish the job’ is Alex Neil’s New Year message to his Norwich City players and supporters.

The Canaries embark on 2016 looking to retain their Premier League status after picking up six points from nine over the festive period to pull clear of the bottom three at the halfway mark.

“We are 15th, we have done okay but we can do better,” said Neil. “The aim now is to try and get to the 40 point mark as quickly as possible and then if you do that you can re-assess your goals. We are coming to terms and learning that we can’t dominate every game, but we can hang in there and pose a threat going forward. The first 10 or 11 games of the season we dominated a lot of the possession and controlled matches, but in recent weeks we have accepted that is not always going to be the case and we have adapted.”

Neil admits the top flight has proved a sharp learning curve after leading the Canaries to a memorable promotion triumph.

“The Premier League poses you a lot more questions. When everything is going well I am not sure how much you learn. You just keep tagging along and trying to keep that momentum,” he said. “I feel I have learned a lot in these four months and I have said the same to the players. You enjoy the test because you learn more about yourself and the team and you need to adapt and find a way to be successful and win games at this level. That learning curve in the last six months has been huge.”

Neil had two personal highlights from 2015.

“I’m pleased I got my opportunity to manage in England and also that we got promoted, in such a great setting as Wembley,” he said. “Getting the job and Wembley were my two highlights of 2015 but I am hoping we can have more this coming year. At the moment, we have done okay this season and I would be looking to improve on that.”

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25 comments

  • Snodgrass and Fer come on as subs for QPR v Hull city, justice is served oh festive cheer.

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Rutsch guet übere! We are starting to get results even if we are not the most exciting team out there at the moment, but give it time. I was worried when we started to fall apart when things went against us but Alex seems to have finally exorcised that ghost. Until there is a solid defensive platform, the team is going to struggle, but I think that is starting to come together now and we need to build a greater attacking threat to take the pressure off and to get goals. The conversion rate is now really good but the number of chances created has gone down, but it is a work in progress. One thing that is good is that the majority have stood behind Alex as he learns on the job. Here's to a great second half of the season, OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy New Year to all follow Canaries Fans far and wide. I hope all the recent rhetoric regarding new signings materialises in some positive action and the likes of Naismith, Pinto and Rannochia actually are signed. If Afobe or another striker could be added that would be the best possible start to 2016. Wishing you all well and every success to The Canaries

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    Bohnhof

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy New Year to All, especially AN. We must respect each others' opions, but rather glad AN takes no notice of most of them.... Let's see, 'two up front, plus two defensive mid-fielders'??? That sounds like a recipe for the long-ball game! And as much I agree with Toffolo's potential, where would he fit in the current team? Olsson has been our most reliable defender eversince he replaced Garrido, and with the pace to overlap! Not to mention Brady's more than adequate cover for Olsson, together with Jarvis, providing our left flank with the soundest defence and most potency in the team. I suppose Toffolo could provide some cover for Seb, but at only just 6' tall that could be a stretch?

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    Reg Breeze

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy New Year to NCFC supporters worldwide. Let's hope 2016 starts with us continuing to build our confidence at the expense of Southampton tomorrow.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy New Year to one and all on here, have a great one, and as the great Dave Allen would say 'may your God go with you'.

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    Bald Canary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Feliz ano nuevo todos! I think we have some exciting times ahead, especially if we manage to sign the right quality 23 key players, which should help us over the line. However mustn't get carried away. Football is unpredictable as we all know and this season simply proves how much this can be the case. Look forward to seeing the Liverpool match live on Sky Sports on Jan 23 and to be back in time for the final three or four home games.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Feeling! All this ethering has worn me down.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Agree Cyprus. (Précis). I'm feelish bullish about a bulls#!t free New Year!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • A great 2015, thanks to Mr McNally's unexpected find north of the border. 2016 may be even better. Not sure that we need too many new players - if Mbekani does morph into Grant Holt then the back four would seem to be the issue. My main worry is that Wes will be a year older and where do we eventually find a replacement? Mata and Ozil are probably out of the question!

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    GolfingCanary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • New Year is a time for reflection and we are in a reasonable position. Some mistakes by players and manager have cost a few points but I am more confident for the future now. My wishes? Sign a left sided CB, bring Toffolo back from loan and play two up front. New year's resolution for all of us - keep the discussion going and respect others' points of view even when you disagree. Happy new year to you all from Cyprus.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • IN ALEX I TRUST. Happy New Year to all Norwich City supporters wherever you are all over the world. Lets make a rise up from 15th place in the league in 2016.

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    yarco

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy New year to all Fans. Exciting times ahead. I hope A N can steer the good ship Norwich to calmer waters. Love to you all.

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    Big balls

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • An optimistic New Year to all. Even Dubya... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • A healthy and happy new year to all posters and ncfc supporters and fans

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    5th generation

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • A Happy New Year to all supporters and everyone connected to NCFC

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    irongloves

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • We're in an OK position with an enthusiastic, young manager who is keen to prove himself . He's already shown some great strategic nouse and admits it if he gets it wrong. More importantly, he seems to learn from his mistakes. Onwards and upwards, NCFC! Happy New Year to all Yellows wherever they may be.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • …..Axle!...All Norwich City followers want to see you do well!….for Norwich City!….The Premier league is not the place to try out too many new ideas...new to you anyway!….A previous incumbent tried that with disastrous results!….You have some good quality men playing for you, and they too have strengths and weaknesses!... . Play them to their strengths in the positions they are comfortable with!….Sort that mid-field out, and the strike force may improve no end!…..Happy New year to All!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • The future is bright, the future is tartan. Feliz Fiesta´s

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    spanishcanary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy new year to all you canaries supporters where ever you are, including all my old friends in the Dereham area.

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    acaster canary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Interesting reading the comments over the last few days , happy new year to all city fans Hoping for a good run of results . Happy days ahead. Enjoy

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    iMac

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Great message from AN - you get the feeling that he always wants to do better and improve. Happy New Year canaries supporters everywhere !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy New Year to all Yellows everywhere.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Tough times ahead for the manager, players and fans and I'm sure we'll need to recruit new players to help us to maintain our Premier League status. I'm quietly confident that we won't be involved in a relegation battle come May. Happy New Year to everyone associated with NCFC and wishing you health, wealth and happiness in 2016.

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    Mr Ed

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Happy New Year all NCFC supporters. Wishing everyone health, happiness and prosperity

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, January 1, 2016

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