Alex Neil’s call to arms at Norwich City

Norwich City's players failed to pick up all three points at Huddersfield. Picture by Paul Chesterto

Norwich City's players failed to pick up all three points at Huddersfield. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is urging his Norwich City players to prove they have the stomach for a Championship fight to the finish.

The Scot insisted after a damaging 2-2 draw at Huddersfield on Tuesday Norwich had blown a position of strength in losing further ground on the likes of Watford and Middlesbrough following a winning surge.

Neil warns it is now or never for the Canaries' top two quest after one win in their last four league games ahead of Nottingham Forest's weekend visit to Carrow Road.

'The bottom line is you get what you deserve in football,' he said. 'I firmly believe that, in terms of what you do on the pitch. If you are good enough, you win, so on that basis in these last two games we haven't won the matches. That is simple.

'I don't want to get into the habit that we were unlucky, we deserved this and we deserved that.

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'If we have any aspirations to be near the top end of the table we have to be winning games, and I have told the players that as well.

'The disappointment comes from the fact that we have given ourselves a much more difficult task between now and the end of the season to see if we can finish in that top two, when we were in a fantastic position.

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'To be honest we have let that slip a wee bit. We're putting pressure on ourselves now, because if we had won, you get yourself right in the hunt and it's not as difficult a task. We've just made it harder now.'

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