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Alex Neil ready for a bumpy ride in Norwich City Premier League survival mission

07:30 27 February 2016

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Alex Neil is warning Norwich City’s fans are in for a bumpy ride but the Scot is adamant the Canaries will win their Premier League survival battle.

City head to table-topping Leicester City on Saturday outside the relegation zone on goal difference after a warm weather training break to the Middle East.

Neil admits he would like a much greater margin for error but staying the right side of the cut line is all that matters.

“If we can stay up, whether it be by a point, a goal or whatever I think that would be seen as a successful season for us,” he said. “You recognise a newly-promoted side is going to be in the bottom half of the table and any team in that area of the table right now is still in danger of relegation. You are hoping you can accumulate enough points to perhaps give yourself a bit of a gap, because every team in this league will go through a bad spell, and we know we have work to do but we have games to win.

“The bottom line is we came in last year when there was a lot of ground to make up and we got into the Premier League. The main goal this time around is to stay in the Premier League. We have been in the bottom three on two occasions and on each occasion we have got ourselves out of it again the game after. It is not as if we have been languishing at the bottom for the whole season.”

Neil was publicly backed by chief executive David McNally earlier this week as the right man to take the club forward.

“Me and David speak regularly and we are both working for the same cause so it is not a case of me needing a public endorsement,” he said. “More importantly the players have got to stick together and the good thing with the lads we have is that will not be an issue. We have to go into the next 12 games with freedom. We need to win matches.”

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10 comments

  • tonyb; The Deadwood Stage came a rollin' on over the Hill long ago. But the logs are still in the basket. Only Whittaker seems to have been sent to the sawmill and, bizarrely, Olsson, who is not dead wood. Oh, nearly forgot Ryan Bennett. Also not dead wood. We also shifted out Bradders. David Stringer came to the assistance of the detractors and dissenters recently, lauding the influence of a proper leader on the field. Specifically, he was referring to the great Duncan Forbes. But, in fairness, David was STBO. We have not had a proper Captain since Holty was moved on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Why doesnt Martin stansld aside we need a stronger captain. Some defenders have shown their weaknesses thats why it has to be changed.Signing Klose should be an improvement Pinto leaves question marks. Both Jarvis and Tettey are fit and should play.AN should realise by niw Brady has to play higher up hes not a FB. Just hope Bamford gets the nod as we niw have attacking options.

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    johnty

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • will take a defeat if we go down fighting,but if its a no show from us then questions have to be asked and heads should roll!At least if we do get relegated a lot of the deadwood should be cleared out in the summer,along with some who got us relegated last time around.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • @dingo; I was planning to put a fiver on a Norwich win, but those odds of 5\1 are a bit mingy! Betfred offered 7\1 for the ManU game and in a fit of Robinson's Trooper-fuelled optimism, I placed a £20 stake. Nice little earner. A miracle result today would dispel the gloom a bit. An abject performance, coupled with an embarrassing thrashing, would signal the sealing of the sarcophagus for some.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • It is always going to be a bumpy ride Alex with your dodgy team selections! Players spirits flag straight away when they see who will be playing alongside them, when they know they're c.r.a.p.!

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    JOROBIT

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Avoiding relegation would indeed be the best season-end we could hope for. My hope is that if we do go down we will do fighting rather than submitting tamely and hoping other results will help us. But this requires a sea-change in our tactics, team selection and player attitudeand application over these final 12 games. If we get all out ducks in line then we could survive. But only if.....

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Bassong is evens to give away a penalty in the first half. Got to be worth a bet. Starting with Captain Undroppable is like being a goal down before a ball is kicked.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • DJ-F you can get a very good price on us today (he he) and I put a fiver on at 5-1 earlier in the week. You won't want to know the Leicester odds:-)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Will Leicester finally blow-up? Will it be in the most unlikely of matches? Probably not but worth a couple of quid today on the win methinks. Will miss it as playing my first match of the season. That will be ugly too......

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • I don't expect anything today but if we turn up and try it would be something. Another Villa no-show and we're looking down the barrel - and they know that before they walk onto the pitch so let's hope to see a bit of fight. And no 40-yard back passes please.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

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