Barnsley the acid test of Norwich City’s revival for Alex Neil

Norwich City bid to follow up their Brentford win at Barnsley this weekend. Picture by Paul Chestert

Norwich City bid to follow up their Brentford win at Barnsley this weekend. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is targeting a Championship win against his old club Barnsley to prove Norwich City is firmly back on track.

The Canaries' ended a five-game losing run in the league by crushing Brentford 5-0 at Carrow Road but Neil is urging his men to pass their Tykes' test on Saturday.

City have not lost any of the previous 11 meetings, including a 2-0 win at Oakwell in 2002 against a Barnsley side featuring Neil.

'Hopefully we can now build on Brentford because the type of club we are at this level it isn't enough to turn that out now and again. We need to back it up this week,' said the City chief, who spent four years at the Reds in his playing career. 'It was a big step forward. The fact is in football, regardless of what level you are at, the Brentford game is done now. People talk about it for few days and then they look to how we respond this weekend. I know that, that is exactly what we are looking to do. We showed how good a team we can be and now it is about consistency and doing in regularly. Those are the demands I will be putting on the players and I am confident they will put them on themselves.

'We have come through a difficult month. I have spoken about that. The fact is if your team do not perform as well as they can you get criticised. Simple as that. I have no qualms with that.'