Alex Neil expects Norwich City’s fans to do their duty
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Alex Neil is urging every Norwich City fan to do their duty and roar his side to Wembley by dumping bitter rivals Ipswich out of the Championship play-offs.
The Canaries earned a 1-1 semi-final, first leg draw at a raucous Portman Road, which halted their run of four consecutive derby wins, and Neil wants to turn up the volume when Mick McCarthy's squad head to Carrow Road for the defining game on Saturday.
'I still think we can play better and we are hoping we do that at our place,' said Neil. 'We had 2,000 fans (at Ipswich), we will have 25,000 this week. That should play in our favour, but I am sure they would have been thinking the same. The only thing which gives us an advantage is that we are at home.
'I wouldn't say we are favourites now. Both teams go in level pegging. We saw how tight the first game was and I expect a similar encounter but hopefully our quality comes out and we can get there. It is going to be about who does enough over 90 minutes and can perform on the day. We have 90 minutes and we need to play as well as we can.
'I don't know if 1-1 is a better result for us than Ipswich, the second leg will dictate that. It was such a huge occasion, both teams were well fired up and to try and maintain that intensity for the whole 90 minutes was very difficult.'
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Neil gave his players a day off on Sunday but the City boss was back in Scotland working towards his pro-licence qualification.
'You never get a day off as a manager – even when you are in the house, you are on the phone and that is the job,' he said. 'Monday we will go through the game, then Tuesday and Wednesday we will build it up exactly as we always do. Nothing changes, it is repetition and making sure the players get the right messages all the time.'
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