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Norwich City will not wilt in Premier League relegation scrap, pledges Alex Neil

07:30 18 March 2016

John Ruddy has experienced both sides of the Premier League relegation battle at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

John Ruddy has experienced both sides of the Premier League relegation battle at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City will not crack under the pressure of a Premier League relegation tussle, insists Alex Neil.

The Scot can draw on the experiences of John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Wes Hoolahan and Jonny Howson who form the core of his squad which have been over this course and distance at Carrow Road before.

Norwich visit West Brom on Saturday looking for a first Premier League win since January 2 to move out of the relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s north-east derby meeting between rivals Newcastle and Sunderland.

Neil knows the Baggies occupy a unique place in the recent history from a previous successful survival mission.

“When Norwich finished 11th in the Premier League a few years ago they needed to beat West Brom in their second last game and they were sitting something like 17th or 18th at that stage,” he said. “That shows you how it can change. Whether they have been in this position or not, the lads have all been in similar situations. They are well-seasoned at playing under pressure. Last season was a different pressure to get up but they know what it is like to try and maintain your Premier League status. This is nothing new.

“We need to take the good performances, certainly Manchester City, Leicester, West Ham and Chelsea and turn them into results.

“I have not been through this as a manager myself but I have played in teams who were struggling at the bottom end of the table and had to fight their way out and we did.

“Football is not all good, or all bad. This is a test of character and when it goes well it is a lot more enjoyable and we can enjoy our work, but you also have to deal with the other side of the game.”

Neil predicts one of the strugglers will find the winning formula.

“This is an unpredictable time of the season,” he said. “There is always a team that strings wins together. Leicester did it, then Sunderland before them. There is always a surprise along the way and we have to make sure it is us, and put some wins together.”

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28 comments

  • What are you on dingo? I'm lovin' it, trying to build THE list into something totally sinister and inappropriate for your own gain. What, I do not know. BUT, you know full well the list is for MOG's and another for optimists. You sit in between so are on neither ATM, but I would certainly pencil you in on the MOG's over the past week or SO. Are you proud to have Bru as a friend?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Sounds preternaturally sinister, el dingo. But I've promised NMTD that I'll not react to Tommy's twaddle. SO I will not react to Timmy's six-finger salute. I just wish him a comfy bed tonight, when his mum tucks him in it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Tommy's Lists. These are not written in terms of stone but run roughly along these lines. Firstly, both French and Russian Revolutionaries said that given musket or rifle and the right ammunition they promised not to miss the hapless target of their oppressors should they be brought to the firing squad. Secondly, anybody suspected as being anti in Austro-Germany during WWII would also be put "on a list" that was passed on to some very unpleasant people indeed. It's just a general term that ties in with McCarthyism in the States during the Communist witch-hunts and should not be taken seriously. Strange what some folks find useful in their attempts to dominate a website . I don't find the idea of "lists" remotely amusing because I understand the ideology behind the phrase. Pleasant it is not. And shouldn't be allowed imo. Anyway, please can we beat WBA tomorrow:-)

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • lordbesty could never possibly end up on THE list (ᴵ ᵈᵒᶰ'ᵗ ᵏᶰᵒʷ ʷʰᵃᵗ ʸᵒᵘ ᵐᵉᵃᶰ ;⁻⁾)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Our worst run since 1946 suggests a certain degree of wilting has happened already. Accentuate the positives? I did that yesterday with some tweaked stats that had us surviving on goal difference with just 33 points. Don't buy into this opti\pessi war of words. Realism says we have a tough task ahead. Our current form is abysmal and even Villa are better. Not one clean sheet away this season suggests we need two goals at WBA to overcome a team that has not lost any of their last six at home. And we have lost all our last six away, even against poor teams. Not to worry, it's so exciting riding Delia's rollercoaster. Would we have it any other way? Mmm

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Tommy, I hope you're not trying to draw in Dr. Thesaurus with that punctuation and spelling. You wouldn't do that now, would you? ; )

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    lordbesty

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Why do posters keep harping on about so and so taking us down last time when it was the same so and so's that kept us up for the two seasons before. I blame negative hughton tactics on that relegation not those players who had proven they could cut it previously.

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    lordbesty

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Exactly my centiments too Irish . . . two peas in a pod. Missing Redderz doesn't phase me. Adding Naismith to the fire-ing line behind the likes of Bamford is still a attacking form-ation. One that should mean we can create enuogh chances to make a game of it tomorrow. There is only 1 list Irish. ANd your not on it 【ツ】

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Where did my post go..have I been censored..or am I imagining things?...I did knock back a fair helping of the blackstuff (and Blackbush) yesterday!

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    Irish canary

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Ruddy may look a bit chunky in thepicture but the last few gameshave certainly shownthat he's a better keeper than Declan, despiteall the "give the lad a chance" calls. I'm just glad that Alex Neil was deaf to the same calls regarding Lafferty.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Sorry for the late arrival..yesterday was a long day. The Guinness was flowing and for some reason better known to others I decided to hit the Blackbush and my head's still spinning. First point..I'm not taking sides in any disputes.. I just prefer a positive outlook on life rather than constant negativity. So long as something is possible, I believe it can be achieved - provided that both the aptitude and attitude are right! On topic..these 4 guys are, in my opinion, quality professionals (although all 4 have had their ups and downs) There is nothing wrong with retaining some of the personnel from our last period of troubles..that's called continuity. I felt there was a good balance around the side last week and I really hope the boss doesn't make too many changes. At the risk of getting shot down, I'm not too concerned about Redmonds absence. For me, he flatters to deceive too often and I don't feel he's a scrapper..which we need right now. I'm hoping that Naismith is fit for action and can get back to the form he showed in the Liverpool game ..I believe him and Bamford up front could link up and interchange. I see nothing other than a win tomorrow - 2-1 is my prediction. COYY

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    Irish canary

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • TK apart from the half each for Russ and Pinto I agree with you. No room for Pinto tomorrow imo.

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • As OTBC quite rightly points out, those players that we're meant to be relying on to keep us up are exactly the ones that took us down last time. So not holding out too much hope there. Unlike OTBC, however, I'm not giving up on the lads just yet. While the likes of RM, SB, CJ etc, have clearly failed us this season, hope does exist in the shape of the newer players brought in in Jan. If, (and it's a big if based on past managerial performance) AN can give Bamford a run in the team, there's a chance we might finally have a striker that can deliver a few goals that might turn into valuable victories. If, (and it's a big if) AN can keep the central-defensive partnership of Bennett and Klosse together, we might at last have a defensive pairing that might stop leaking goals. Lots more 'ifs' than hope maybe, but you never know....

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    ncfcyellowman

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Lets just all hope that the team turn up for tomorrow's game and put 100% effort in. At least WBA are not one of the chosen three now in the mini league, our team seemed to put so much effort in against Man City, if only we could fool them into thinking WBA are the same high standard. Strange really, considering we had a couple of our best players in theory missing. I just hope AN sticks with the same back four, but if he chooses to go with three centre backs then I would put Klose in the sweeper role with Bassong to the left and Bennett to the right. Then Martin can compete against Pinto for right wing back, mind you, giving them half a game each might not be a bad thing.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • They have already wilted for two months since Christmas - let's hope last weeks performance proves to be the turning point.

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    VictorM

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • You are right, NMTD. That's why I won't mention my Uncle Stew's "OPTOMIST" gaffe. Oops! Just did. Sorry, Unc., I'm a bad, bad nephew. Thing about these boards is there are many no-news days. In the past, folk have seemed generally pleased to receive a bit of whimsy and general tomfoolery. But you can't please all of the people all of the time. If I promise to ignore the sinister interjections of Tommy, will you take me off your Naughty List? COYY. ITMIT. Etc. Afterthought, just in case; Uncle Stew, did you mean "Optometrist"? Just wonderin'...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • …..You have been allocated good company Brew!….I too am no longer a SUPPORTER of Norwich City ! ….I was in the past with my entry fee at the turnstiles.. but I gave that up to allow space for younger folk to attend!….Crazy younger folk who seem to have more money than sense!….I get my enjoyment following the performances by way of the internet and TV….That is how I can give such knowledgeable insight into the antics of The Management set up, and where they are going astray much of the time!….I am an OPTOMIST though and hope that Axle will turn things around sooner rather than later for all..and especially for the thick Custard!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Can this bickering and squabbling please come to an end? It's been going on for days now and frankly it's brought both of you down to a level where you deserve no respect from anyone. OTBC will always be a WUM, but MB, you have a fascination with correcting grammar of only certain individuals. You have no consistency.There's a massive match tomorrow and further games of equal importance over the next month. Everyone should be pulling in the same direction. Comment on the topic that matters please. NCFC.

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Maybe it's a trick of the camera, el dingo. JR has looked rather sylphlike of late. Unless he's bloated? Maybe he dined at Chez Martin? All those lentils, beans, peas etc don't suit everyone. Russ will eat anything with a pulse. Compare Laffers...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • No need for the hyphen in "befuddled". Other than that, a good effort. 8\10. Take a House Point.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Cornwall - I would hope that's an old pic - Ruddy looks to have lost about a stone during his exile and seems to be playing all the better for it. Mind you, looking again I think the pic was actually taken against Man City - whoops:-)

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Ha, lonely, I don't think SO Bru ! I'm not the one living the life of a hermit having to pretend to support a team I've never seen before. You are NOT a supporter and NOT an optimist. I WON'T be seeing you anytime soon at Carrow Road or any away game. You're be-fuddled. There we are then OTBC

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • To quote the iconic Leonard Cohen "there is a crack in everything" lets just hope we can find one or two in the West Brom defence tomorrow

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    tommy bryce

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Never fear, the Lord is here. 1-0 to city tomorrow COYY

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    lordbesty

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Alex should invoke the Spirit of Tom Sharpe .. "The Wilt Alternative". Btw: Touch of déja vu here - I'm sure I've already seen Tommy's plaintive plea for a knight in shining armour. C'mon, Irish, Tommy's lonely and afraid. Damsel Fly-on-the-Wall in distress.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Irish . . . . I need you out here, pretty damn quick. SO called supporters are gonna bang on about these are the players that got us relegated before. We need to defeat these MOG's.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • I've put you on THE list C.C. !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Has our esteemed goalkeeper eaten too many of Delia's pies, or is he expecting a happy event?

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    Cornwall Canary

    Friday, March 18, 2016

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