Alex Tettey aims to stay in Alex Neil’s good books at Norwich City
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Alex Tettey insists Norwich City's players are doing everything they can to avoid getting the wrong side of new boss Alex Neil.
Tettey is poised to return for Tuesday's Championship trip to Charlton after resting an on-going knee issue in the weekend's 4-0 league win over Blackpool during a hectic spell for Neil's promotion-chasing squad.
The Norwegian international has been impressed with the Scot's initial impact, but the midfielder knows no-nonsense Neil will not tolerate a below-par display at The Valley.
'He is a strong manager for someone who is still young and he is tough when he has to be,' said Tettey.
'He is telling us the things he wants to win the points and it is up to us to do it. We want to continue the good performance from the Blackpool game. The intensity in training has gone up and he wants us to be right at the opponent from the start of games.
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'He has been really good on the training field. He is working us really hard. Now he has put his shape on the team and how he wants us to be and you can already see that in some games we have been more solid than at the start of the season, and that is something we are trying to kick on.'
Tettey has all the motivation he needs from the manner of Charlton's Carrow Road raid earlier this season.
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The Addicks have won only two league games in the Championship since that 1-0 win in the corresponding fixture.
'It was a game we should have won, everybody saw that,' he said. 'We created so many chances so perhaps we can take that bitterness into the game. It was the same thing when we went to Forest, they had not won for nine games and, yes, we were the best side but we ended up losing. That can be the same at Charlton, but I hope not, because if we don't turn up the gaffer will kill us.'