Back the boys is Alex Neil’s appeal to Norwich Ciy fans

Norwich City manager Alex Neil wants a show of support for his players against Derby County.
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil wants a show of support for his players against Derby County. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil knows he faces a massive job to win over the Norwich City public but the Canaries' chief is urging fans to back his boys on Monday against Derby.

Neil admitted it was a 'mixed' reaction on New Year's Eve towards him from the travelling support at Brentford after a battling 0-0 Championship draw.

The Scot's future has become a serial topic during a major downturn, but beating the Rams at Carrow Road is his sole focus.

'I'll be honest my main worry is how it affects the players,' he said. 'As a manager you are never going to please everyone. You have to accept that and do your best. I just want the players to go and express themselves and play as well as they can. It doesn't make things extra tough but instead of focusing on the job you have all this noise around about it. All I can do is try my best for this club and the players can do their talking on the pitch.

'I said that to them at Brentford. If they play well the rest takes care of itself. There are some who appreciated the lads' efforts (at Brentford) and maybe some who have a different view but all I can do is win games to try and change that view. What people's thoughts are of me is a different kettle of fish. We need a performance and a win. We want points on the board.'

Neil is looking to set the record straight against Derby, after Norwich old boy Bradley Johnson inflicted a recent 1-0 defeat in the East Midlands.

'It will be a tight game again. They have good players and for me they will be in and around it,' he said. 'They have won something like eight out of nine which is a fantastic record. Listen, on our day we are capable of beating anybody. The last game at Derby had nothing in it and they scored with a deflected goal. We just have to make sure we are in the right end of these three points. With the size of club we are, with the expectations that we have got regardless of what happened at Brentford it was not going to affect Derby. The expectation when we play at home is we expect to win.'

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