Alex Neil is no fan of crunching the numbers in Premier League relegation scrap
06:15 16 February 2016
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Alex Neil will leave the number crunching to Norwich City’s Premier League relegation rivals.
City eased out of the bottom three on goal difference after a 2-2 top flight draw against West Ham at the weekend, allied to Newcastle United’s 5-1 defeat at Chelsea.
Neil, however, is not banking on favours from anyone else in the survival scrap.
“I only care about Norwich, no-one else. Everyone gets a bit apprehensive. Me, the players and the fans but listen we are not going to be the only club in this situation,” he said. “It’s not a case of working out how many points or what the others might do. If a club go on a run of seven or eight without picking up points then it won’t be enough to keep them in the division, and that would apply to the teams in mid-table now. I can’t predict what a Bournemouth or a Crystal Palace is going to do, all I hope is that we do enough to get a really good points tally. Whoever is in the bottom three come the end, my only concern is ensuring it is not us.”
City head to table-topping Leicester City and then host Chelsea later this month when they return from a warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi but Neil insists he is focusing on his men not the opposition.
“Every game in the Premier League is a challenge to relish so it doesn’t matter to me that it is Leicester next,” he said. “We went to Liverpool and played extremely well, got a draw, went to Sunderland and totally dominated them and won the game comfortably, beat Bournemouth comfortably at our place. We have shown we are capable. We don’t need to worry can we do, it’s what is the process to get us to that point and that is what we are trying to address.
“Most teams will set-up slightly differently away from home. Even Arsenal, who is known for being very expansive, they go away and set up 4-4-2 when they haven’t got the ball. People might want you to say this is how we play, this is how we will go home or away, but even the best teams don’t do that. You have to adapt.”