Alex Neil backs Norwich City’s squad to prove their Premier League class

Robbie Brady in action on his Norwich City debut against Crystal Palace, battling with Wilfried Zaha

Robbie Brady in action on his Norwich City debut against Crystal Palace, battling with Wilfried Zaha.. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists he does not have to convince his Norwich City squad they are Premier League class.

The Canaries were heavily punished for lapses at either end in an opening day setback against Crystal Palace but Neil is backing his men to be fast learners in the top flight.

'My players are not stupid. If they play well within the game they will know themselves when they come off the pitch whether they have let themselves down or let the club down,' he said. 'I think what will happen with the smaller teams, like us and Bournemouth, is that if you've just come up and you've lost the game, then it'll be, 'they don't know what it takes in the Premier League, they lack quality, they lack this, they lack that.' That's what they'll say, but it's going to be over the course of time. If it continues to be the case, then they may be right, but if it doesn't continue to be the case and we can get goals and make sure we're more secure at the back and, to be honest, perform as we did for the majority of the game then we will be fine. The crucial part is to make sure we turn that dominance into goals.'

City's chief and his players analysed the good and bad moments of Saturday's Carrow Road defeat at Colney yesterday before turning their focus to the league trip to Sunderland this weekend.

'On Monday morning we always go through the video, show them all the bits that they need to see to make sure they are extremely aware of what happened within the game and the reasons why it happened,' he said. 'Players nowadays are up to speed with what goes on, on the pitch, and whether they have done well enough or are going to be good enough or not.

'I think on the Crystal Palace showing we showed we've got enough. But we need to show a bit more guile once we go up a level.'