Alex Neil - Tunnel vision needed for Norwich City

Norwich manager Alex Neil wants to focus on the Canaries rather than slip ups from promotion rivals.

Norwich manager Alex Neil wants to focus on the Canaries rather than slip ups from promotion rivals.Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil will tell his Norwich City players - 'Let the rest of the Championship worry about us'.

The Canaries can cash in on midweek slip-ups for leading duo Bournemouth and Ipswich in Saturday's crunch Carrow Road test when they host another promotion rival Brentford at Carrow Road.

Neil has won his opening two league games since replacing Neil Adams but the 33-year-old warns Norwich must take care of their own business rather than rely on favours from elsewhere.

'There is some really big clubs in this league. I think if you look at Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham the three who came down last season the fans of all three would be saying we are a Premier League club,' he said. 'We should be here, we should be there and really it is dealing with that expectation.

'Of course Norwich can be in the mix. At this level I don't think there are too many squads we should be frightened of, there is no question about that.

'For the players it is a different mindset to last season and that is a difficult one because a lot of them were relegated here and they were finding it tough to pick up wins.

'Regardless of who you are if you are used to getting beat every week that is different from a club like Bournemouth, who are up and running and winning games.'

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Neil feels his first win in charge at the league leaders, after City were down to 10-men for the final quarter, could have major implications in the promotion battle come May.

'That win was vital for us because if they had won the game they would have extended their advantage and with 21 games left it would have been a really tough ask to cut that down,' said Neil. 'They would have to lose in the region of five or six games and we would have to win the same just to bring the gap level.'