Alex Neil’s half-time words inspired Norwich City’s Championship success at Bolton
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Alex Neil revealed the motto fuelling Norwich City's Championship promotion surge after inspiring his troops to a thrilling stoppage time 2-1 victory at Bolton.
Gary Hooper's 93rd minute winner edged the Canaries a step closer the Premier League and sparked juilant scenes between his team mates and the 2,000-strong travelling support.
Second-placed Norwich face Leeds on Tuesday at Elland Road just one point behind leaders Bournemouth, and above Watford on goal difference, after digging deep in the north-west.
'I told them at half-time, 'Leave everything you have got on the pitch, don't come back in here with any regrets, give it your best shot and if it's not good enough then we can live with that.' Thankfully for us it was,' said Neil. 'I have been involved in campaigns where I've managed and played in sides that won promotion and the last thing you want to do after that 45 minutes is to come in with any regrets or feeling maybe you haven't done quite enough.
'As a manager you would rather not win it that way so your heart-rate doesn't go through the roof, but if it means I have to throw caution to the wind and go for it and it costs us I would rather do that than play defensively and see out a draw, which probably over the piece won't be good enough for us.
'Our task was to win the game. If our backs had been against the wall for 90 minutes and we nicked a goal I would have taken that beforehand because it is all about the three points.
'Come the end of the season, people won't want to talk to you about how well you played at Bolton. They want to talk about the fact you were successful.
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'My job is simple. I said it before this game we had five left, we had to win every one. Now we have four it's the same.'