Alex Neil is striving for the Carrow Road fear factor at Norwich City

Norwich City had too much class for Birmingham City at Carrow Road last time out.
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Norwich City had too much class for Birmingham City at Carrow Road last time out. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City may still be in repair mode on their Championship travels but the Canaries are successfully rebuilding the walls of a Carrow Road fortress.

Alex Neil's squad have lost only one of their last seven on home soil and the Scot aims to maintain that positive trend at Nottingham Forest's expense.

'If we play well then there is no question teams will not be looking forward to coming to Carrow Road,' he said. 'What we have to do is maintain the levels, the intensity and the aggression we have shown at home of late because we have been very good at times. Even against Birmingham, when it was quite open, our quality in the final third made the difference.

'Teams are going to come here, be resilient and potentially try to hit us on the break or if they are possession-based, like Birmingham, try and get on the ball. Whatever the opposition do we have an option to deal with it. We can counter-attack or dominate the ball even more. We have enough quality individuals with enough vision and movement to break teams down and get that first goal.

'We are now coming away from games disappointed we have not got all three points, like Wigan, like Brentford away. That breeds confidence and to win four at home is the same. We know if we perform as well as we can then we are more than capable of winning this game.'


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Reds' interim boss Gary Brazil has plotted three wins from his first four games after taking over until the end of the season.

'Gary has done well. He is in a no lose position,' said Neil. 'They have won a few games, things are going well, he has played a few younger lads who have responded to him. They are enjoying their football at the moment but this game means a lot to us and we are determined to go and win. They might be confident but they are coming to Carrow Road, so that is a different challenge.'

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Yanic Wildschut is poised for his home debut after two testing outings at Cardiff and former club Wigan in midweek.

'We have brought in a lad who is used to playing a certain style of play and we are trying to adapt that slightly to make him a more all-round player,' said Neil. 'That will take time, like with the Murphys or Nathan Redmond.

'For Yanic, he has played at Cardiff, which is no easy task, and his old team. For any player that is not easy. We have to be fair to him and judge him over a period of time. Being a defender coming into a new team is perhaps easier than an attacker, when you need to get to know your team mates and how they play. For a defender it is head, block, kick it, be aggressive and give it to the guy in front of you.'

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