Alex Neil - Pressure is on Watford after Norwich City step up Championship promotion quest

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not banking on slip ups for Championship promotion rivals. Picture by P

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not banking on slip ups for Championship promotion rivals. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists the pressure is now firmly on Championship promotion rivals Watford ahead of their Wednesday night trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Canaries, along with leaders Bournemouth and third-placed Middlesbrough, all delivered on Tuesday meaning the Hornets can ill afford any stumbles at the City Ground. Watford go into the game in fourth place, three points behind Norwich who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.

Neil, however, is not relying on favours from the Reds with the Canaries' gearing up for a huge Carrow Road televised test against Boro on Friday as they look to seal a Premier League return.

'The way I approach is I expect the others to win games. I work on the basis they have already won,' he said. 'We have to win ours. If that ends up not being the case and they drop some points then good but my mindset before the game is we do our job. I think all three teams winning puts pressure on Watford. They have a job to do now. That is for them to worry about.'

Neil's side eased to a fifth consecutive league win in a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Elland Road, with Jonny Howson on target against his old club before Graham Dorrans sealed the win in stoppage time. Norwich upped the ante after the break against a well-drilled Whites.

'Leeds played a similar game to us. They wanted to flood those middle areas, control the ball and make it difficult for the opposition when they had the ball,' said Neil. 'I thought that was the pattern and when they had it we found it difficult to break them down and vice versa. It became a counter-attacking game so who could do that better? In the second-half we did, first-half we didn't, but we just had that wee bit of a cutting edge at the top of the pitch.'