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Norwich City boss Alex Neil is not a number-crunching fan

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not a fan of setting long term targets. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not a fan of setting long term targets. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City boss Alex Neil is not interested in number crunching when it comes to plotting the Canaries’ Championship promotion tilt.

Neil has told his squad to forget about a points target this season and just focus on clearing each hurdle put in front of them.

The Scot makes his Carrow Road bow on Saturday against Cardiff, and dealing with the Bluebirds is his priority.

“I think that has been part of the problem,” he said. “Since I came in I have heard a lot of people saying we need to get this many points from that wee bit of games or if we beat so-and-so we can go on and do better.

“No, what we do is focus on the game on a Saturday, we give it everything we possibly have got, and that is Cardiff this weekend and if we win that game we turn our attentions to Brentford. Our complete focus is Cardiff, not somewhere further down the line because if you don’t do the job in front of you it doesn’t matter. There is no point approaching it any other way.

“I am the complete opposite if you are talking about targets. You have to win a game on its own merit.”

Neil believes setting mini goals can even have a negative impact.

“If you say we have set a target for the next six games or ten games and you don’t reach that target then automatically you have a negative thought in your head,” he said. “We haven’t done this, we haven’t done that so let’s approach every single game in the same manner.

“Cardiff is our most important game of the season and once that is done it will be Brentford. Do that and it becomes a snowball effect between now and the end of the season. If we are doing well, then every game after becomes even more important.”

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