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Sympathy in short supply from Norwich City towards desperate Newcastle United

Norwich City's Premier League home game against Liverpool has been brought forward to a Saturday lunchtime kick-off in late January for live television coverage. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's Premier League home game against Liverpool has been brought forward to a Saturday lunchtime kick-off in late January for live television coverage. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil knows the spotlight is on Steve McClaren’s misfiring Magpies, but sympathy will be in short supply from the Canaries.

McClaren needs a maiden league win on Sunday afternoon to alleviate the mounting pressure on Tyneside, with a demanding public and unsentimental owner hardly mitigating forces in the former England chief’s favour.

Norwich have proved resilient and courageous on the road under Neil in the Premier League and both those qualities may be required to prevail in what is likely to be a fractious St James’ Park bear pit.

“The fact they haven’t won yet this season and they are at home probably applies more pressure,” said Neil. “We are desperate to win as well and we like to worry about what we are doing, rather than focus on others. Regardless of whether it is Newcastle or whoever, when you go away from home you want to try and create a bit of tension in the crowd and around the stadium. Every team that comes to Carrow Road tries to do the same to us so it is the same scenario.

“I think it will be a tough game, as they all are in the Premier League. There is no weak squad in the Premier League. If you don’t perform well then you run the risk of losing the game. If we perform to our maximum and go and play as well as we have done for the majority of this season we will be okay.”

Neil and his players will be familiar with the dynamic swirling around McClaren and his under-performing squad after experiencing similar turbulence on Merseyside last month, in what proved to be Brendan Rodgers’ penultimate home league game in charge of the Reds.

The Scot, however, does not share the prevailing view McClaren is on borrowed time.

“It depends who is saying this is a must-win for them. If its players or people inside the club then it adds to the pressure, which I don’t think they need, so I would be surprised if that is the case,” he said. “Every game is a must-win. Newcastle is no different to ourselves in that respect. The media perhaps try to hype it up, which is fine, but every week is a big three points and we will be fighting tooth and nail.

“Obviously I can see the parallels between this game and when we went to Liverpool and I think it is going to be an open game. We played against Steve’s team last year, at Derby, and they were expansive, they tried to get the ball down and dominate possession and they have some good players as well. It should make for an entertaining match.”

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10 comments

  • They don't need any sympathy after todays result - They stuffed us !

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    Raisedeyebrows

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Would have had a bit more sympathy for them if it was not for the way they hounded Alan Pardew out of the club. For that, I have no sympathy. He's not doing so badly now.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • its 3-1 to the Canaries for me, have to disagree with Dubai 'cos I can see us being sloppy at 3-0 up with 5 mins to go.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Bit ambitious Dubai but we SHOULD win really with our international squad. Will the Beast start I ask? Also will our game v Chelsea be postponed now Eire have Bosnia to play twice in 5 days? Hope so. Today? City 1 0.........................My mate Samir is going and he's never seen City lose away!

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    Bogaz John

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Bit ambitious Dubai but we SHOULD win really with our international squad. Will the Beast start I ask? Also will our game v Chelsea be postponed now Eire have Bosnia to play twice in 5 days? Hope so. Today? City 1 0.........................My mate Samir is going and he's never seen City lose away!

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    Bogaz John

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Good to see Dubai in Pollyanna mode. I think the most important thing is to keep Newcastle quiet for the first 20 minutes or so. The crowd will get restless and create even more pressure on a side with little or no confidence at the moment. Go for it, lads!

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • This has HAS to be another City away win - Sir Alex will have done his homework - expect fireworks on Tyneside today !! City to win 3-0.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • I am with you DJF, this game could go either way, when the fixtures came out though, it was not one where I expected us to pick up points. However, we have dropped home points against teams I thought we needed to beat if we want to stay in the Premiership so now we need to pick up points elsewhere and this would be a good place to start.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Given McLaren's spectacular failure at Derby (one of the most expensive squads, going down the table like a lead weight at the end) I was rather surprised the Geordies went for him in the first place.

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • My predictions have been up and down over the last couple of weeks from a 3-1 win to a 2-1 defeat but as always anything is possible here. Don't expect AN to go 2-up as many have suggested he should. He will have however had an extra week to do his homework and will have the squad setup how he sees best. I do think another home defeat might be the end for McClaren though as we enter silly season on the management merry-go-round.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

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