Alex Neil demands tunnel vision in Norwich City’s Championship quest

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not looking beyond the Championship trip to Charlton. Picture by Paul C

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not looking beyond the Championship trip to Charlton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has slapped the blinkers on his Norwich City squad as they step up their Championship promotion quest.

The City chief is warning the Canaries to forget about mixing it with top six rivals and focus on dealing with the threat from struggling Charlton on Tuesday night at the Valley.

Neil has already experienced plenty of highs and lows in his brief Carrow Road spell but the Scot is convinced he possesses the talent to have a big say over the league run-in.

'I think we need to stop getting carried away,' he said. 'After the Brentford game we were out of it and were getting relegated and we beat Blackpool and all of a sudden we are going to win the league again. We need a wee bit of stability in terms of we know where we want to try and go and it is going to take 17 or 18 games or whatever we have left to get there. It is not going to happen next week, it is not going to happen if we beat Charlton that we are going to win the league and by the same token we are not going to get relegated if we lose. It is a gradual process and we have to make sure we continue to become better and better as a team and if we do that we have a real chance of being in there. It is a case of getting it through to everyone inside and outside the club; even the players as well because we beat Cardiff and you would think we had lost when they came back in the changing room. I had to tell them, 'Lads, we won the game.'

'The aim is to win over 90 minutes, if you do that, it's a case of well done, put it to bed and move on. That is what we will try to do against Charlton.'

Neil wants to swarm all over the Addicks in the same way they overwhelmed Blackpool.

'Getting used to that level of intensity for 90 minutes is something we are still adapting to,' he said. 'That will take a bit of time. I am looking for us to be on the front foot and getting on top of people and that can be difficult if you are not used to it. Blackpool was the best we have done it and we need it again.'

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