A million reasons why Norwich City look to sign off with a Premier League flourish at Everton
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Norwich City's final-day trek to Everton matters for a million and more reasons.
City need to better Newcastle United's result - the Geordies host Champions League qualifiers Tottenham - to finish one place higher than the Magpies and earn in the region of £1.2m in extra Premier League revenue based on the final league table.
'I have not even thought about the finances,' admitted Alex Neil. 'I think the accountants would be delighted if we can win. For me and the squad it is about pride and for the amount of support the fans have shown us, particularly the away support who travel all over the place, we owe them to go out and do our very best. If it is difficult for my players to raise it because we have been relegated then I have got some of the wrong people here.'
Neil's final instructions to his squad will be the same as prior to the 4-2 midweek Watford win.
'We didn't really play with any pressure on us,' he said. 'That was different to the recent games. I said to the players to just go out and enjoy it and that sense of freedom helped, but the instructions have not been too much different to the other games.
'Graham Dorrans had a great game, in terms of getting us on the ball and getting us playing. I think Wes (Hoolahan) and Nathan (Redmond) off the flanks played really well. To be honest it was the same front four I played at Aston Villa and we lost that game and we didn't play well so it is hard to put your finger on what was different the other night.'
Neil made four changes for the Watford victory, with Seb Bassong on the substitutes' bench after his error against Manchester United, on a night the sixth relegation of his career was confirmed.
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'We get relegated as a team and we go down as a team, not individuals. I wouldn't single Seb or any other player that. That is extremely unfair,' said Neil. 'We all played our part.'