Alex Neil is in a happier place at Norwich City

Norwich City manager Alex Neil gets his point across.
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil gets his point across. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil will let others judge if Norwich City have turned a corner – but the City boss is feeling much happier about life.

The Canaries moved within two points of the play-off places with another soothing Carrow Road win against Birmingham.

'I don't like saying we have turned a corner but I feel we have got to a place where we are comfortable and are moving forward,' he said. 'I think the players felt they are performing better and I am happy with what I am seeing and this win adds to that.

'We spoke about how it was going to be open and the first-half could have finished 3-3 because there were a number of chances. I don't really like my teams to sit in and be hard to beat, I want to set them up to win and that made for an entertaining game. I was confident with our quality we would score more goals than them.

'You can sit back, let them have the ball and hit on the counter or do what we tried, which is get up and play against them. Our fans and me as a manager do not want to surrender the ball. There is an expectation, especially at home, about how we would like to play and what the fans want when they come to watch us play.'

Neil revealed afterwards how a sickness bug had swept through the camp with the likes of Sergi Canos and Alex Pritchard sent home before the game.

'All of them had the same symptoms,' said Neil. 'We have had a bug going around. It sounds like we are in the midst of it. We are going to shut the training ground and get it disinfected and get the cleaners in to make sure it is all spick and span. I want the lads in their houses and then hopefully they come back in on Tuesday ready to go.

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'A lot of credit has to go the players how well they played and stuck to their task and rallied because some of them were dead on their feet. Birmingham is a good side. They play a good brand of football and they will win games. They could have scored but, equally, we could have had another three or four in the second-half but for good keeping or poor finishing. We conceded chances maybe a bit too easy in the first-half but if you play an open, expansive brand of football that is going to happen.'

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