Alex Neil weighs up Norwich City changes for Wolves test after Newcastle mauling

Dwight Gayle was the scourge of Norwich City in Newcastle's 4-3 Championship win. Picture by Paul Ch

Dwight Gayle was the scourge of Norwich City in Newcastle's 4-3 Championship win. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists he is not afraid to ring the changes for the Championship test at Wolves after a calamitous late defeat at Newcastle.

City blew a one-goal lead five minutes into time added on at St James' Park in midweek to lose 4-3 to Rafa Benitez's side.

Neil had kept faith with the same personnel during a five-match league winning run, but the City chief has some major selection calls for Saturday's televised trip to Molineux to try and spark a positive response.

'We have to get this out of the system over the next few days and prepare for Wolves,' he said. 'Will I make changes? My job is just to pick a team that can win at Wolves.

'It is not about picking them up either, I think their job is to pick themselves up. We need to learn from it, put it to bed and move onto the next one.


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'Wolves is a crucial game for us. What you can't do is get hung up on focusing on the problems of Newcastle. Wolves is completely different. We didn't dwell on any of the five games we had won before that, we won and moved on, and the same now. They have shown their quality this season. They have brought in a few foreign lads and we will have to be at our best to win.'

Timm Klose proved a major miss at the back against the rampant Magpies after suffering a knock in training and the Swiss international faces a battle to be fit for the upcoming league trip to the Black Country.

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'He didn't even travel. We are hoping he will be available for Saturday,' said Neil. 'You see it up and down the country, week in, week out, teams who are leading go really solid to protect that lead and nine times out of 10 you head it, you kick it and you see it out.

'We did it against Bristol, when we were 1-0 up and I have watched Newcastle do it on numerous occasions this season. It is a common thing when you are defending a lead away from home you solidify the team and see the game out and we dealt with what was coming for a large part of the game.

'There was no frills required, just win your headers, get the ball up the pitch and squeeze the play.

'We were really, really pleased to be 1-1 at half-time because we didn't start well. Based on the second half performance we deserved to be 3-1 up and then conceded a sloppy goal and from that point onwards you know it is going to be a test of whether we can defend. At a place like Newcastle they are going to come at you with everything they have got.'

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