Alex Neil will prime Norwich City to handle Huddersfield’s two-card trick
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Alex Neil is a big admirer of Huddersfield's work but Norwich City will be ready for the Terriers' two-card trick.
The Scot predicts Town can last the pace after an impressive start to the Championship under Jurgen Klopp protégé, David Wagner. Huddersfield have won at Newcastle and also beaten in-form Derby already this season and Neil is well aware they carry the potential to thwart his bid for a Carrow Road win double on Friday night after overcoming Aston Villa earlier this week.
'Once it goes beyond a 10-game spell in any league season they don't become a surprise anymore. They are up there on merit, they have performed well and the manner they play the game is quite refreshing,' said. 'If it works and clicks on the day it is good to watch but like all teams they have been through a rough spell. They didn't win for five or six games, considering how well they had done before that. It is a decent test but as always if we perform as well as we are capable of then we can beat anyone. They are really quite expansive, the full-backs play very high at times, but to be honest they have played two different styles, one they used against the likes of Brighton and Newcastle United when they sat in and hurt them on the break, and the rest of the games where they have full-backs playing like wingers. The boy Nakhi Wells is a threat on the counter, they beat Newcastle that way and he scored one of the goals, so they can adapt and we will be ready for either. We have guys at the top end of the pitch who can hurt them.'
City's hard-fought win over the Villans on Tuesday was notable for the right balance between honest endeavour, typified by the urgings of Youssouf Mulumbu, and a dash of quality, in Nelson Oliveira's match-clinching finish.
'I take the point about having physical attributes and technical attributes within the team but even our physical players are technically more than adequate to move the ball,' said Neil. 'For me it is less about balance and more performance. We played Rotherham at home and I had Alex Pritchard and Wes Hoolahan in the team and we were convincing winners. Russell Martin and Seb Bassong were a good balance the last time we got promoted. I thought Seb and Ryan (Bennett) the other night in particular were a good balance. It is about individuals playing well and with the squad we have got I could mix and match most of them.'