Be loud and proud is Alex Neil’s plea to Norwich City fans ahead of West Ham Premier League duel
09:09 13 February 2016
We can’t do this without you’ is Alex Neil’s stirring appeal to Norwich City’s supporters.
Neil accepts the Canaries have short-changed their fans in a wretched run of five Premier League defeats to drop into the relegation zone but the Scot is urging them to turn up the volume at Carrow Road on Saturday against West Ham.
“They are well within their rights to criticise. All I would ask is come Saturday back the players and back the team,” he said. “If they want us to get back to being on the front foot and playing well and being confident that is so much harder if they are getting stick or there is a bit of apprehension.
“The onus is on the players, it is their task to make the fans enjoy what they are seeing but being a fan the players need you the most when you are at your lowest. Get behind them, support them and they will try to do it on the pitch. If we are being honest with ourselves we have not given the fans enough to be happy about of late.
“What we as a group need to do and that is me, the players and the fans, is put the games that have gone to bed and really focus on this one. If we get three points from this one and results go our way we can potentially find ourselves out of the bottom three and then it’s a case of winning more than the ones below you.”
Neil and his under-performing players were heavily criticised for another below-par offering in a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa.
“They will be hurting the same way as I am hurting,” he said. “That is when supporting your team and being vocal and trying to put the previous games behind you is tough. What tends to happen is when you are on a poor run the doom and gloom mongers come out and it gets painted worse than it actually is, but it can change quickly with the fans’ help.”