Alex Neil is up for the scrap at Norwich City

Norwich manager Alex Neil is in good spirits ahead of a Capital One Cup trip to Everton. Picture by

Norwich manager Alex Neil is in good spirits ahead of a Capital One Cup trip to Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is pledging to come out fighting to get Norwich City back to winning ways.

City head to Everton on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup fourth round after a third consecutive Premier League defeat against West Brom at the weekend.

'You always have to put a face on as a manager when you get beat and anyone who knows me knows I don't take getting beaten very well at all,' he said. 'Sometimes you wish you could get the boots back on and go and kick a few people to get some frustration out. You want that reaction and to see that heart and passion you would expect as a fan.

'When things become difficult as a player, and I never managed to play at this level as a player, but the teams I was in the lads tended to look towards me and lean on me because I was more an influential player rather than a good player. I had that grit and determination to get you through these type of situations.

'I don't know whether people expect me to curl up in a ball and hide in a corner. I take pride in what I do and it hurts, that is the only thing that concerns me. The one feeling I have got is you have to roll your sleeves up and show everybody what you are capable of doing.'

Neil knows his methods are under scrutiny after the first blip of his Norwich career.

'I have not learned anything I didn't know already about myself,' he said. 'When people were saying I was this great up and coming manager I was telling everyone to get a bit of perspective and settle down. You'll get praise when you win but no-one cares how you get there at this level. It is about winning and losing. If you win you are great and I am fully aware of that. I am more than up for the challenge and ready to go.'

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