Alex Neil - Norwich City can master the mind games
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Alex Neil insists Norwich City is winning the mind games to thrive in the Premier League.
The Canaries have picked up eight points from their first six matches back in the big time, capped by a fearless display in a 1-1 draw against five-time European Cup winners Liverpool at Anfield
Neil revealed after his side's latest impressive away day he is trying to remove any last trace of an inferiority complex from the newly-promoted Canaries.
'The biggest thing I am trying to change is that mentality and the fact when we go to big clubs you have to believe you can win because if you don't ultimately you won't,' he said. 'I don't even know if its confidence. I think we are getting there and the players showed they believed they could come to Liverpool and compete.
'The biggest thing when you go to those places is how you take in the atmosphere, do you believe you honestly have a chance of winning the game? It is just changing that mentality, but that performance hopefully bolsters it and brings it on even more.
'We have to get that mentality that we can give anybody a game and how we performed so far this season is great but we have to continue that.'
Neil is adamant City will continue to show a sense of attacking adventure even on the biggest stages.
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'That is what cost us the first goal (at Liverpool). We tried to play it out of the back and it got nicked and they go and punish us but as I said to the players beforehand and at half-time we have to get the ball down and play and pass it when we come to these places,' he said. 'We are not the type of team who just want to bang it forward and for them to continue to improve as players we have got to do that and they showed a lot of confidence in themselves, in terms of the way they played, and if we get a mistake or two along the way that doesn't matter.
'I think the most pleasing thing for me is how attacking we were at times. We really imposed ourselves going forward, left some bodies up the pitch and that pace we now have in the team worked really well. Although at times Liverpool had a bit of the play, I thought we looked relatively solid.'