“Catch us if you can” is Alex Neil’s message to Norwich City’s pursuers

Bradley Johnson heads Norwich City in front in a 2-0 Easter Monday win over Sheffield Wednesday. Pic

Bradley Johnson heads Norwich City in front in a 2-0 Easter Monday win over Sheffield Wednesday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists Norwich City are now masters of their own destiny after swatting aside Sheffield Wednesday to power into the Championship's top two.

The Canaries moved within a point of leaders Bournemouth, with just five games to go in the race for the Premier League, thanks to Bradley Johnson's first-half brace against the Owls at Carrow Road.

City's key midfielder will miss upcoming trips to Bolton and his old club Leeds after picking up a 10th booking of the season, but Neil is adamant it will take more than that to derail his squad's promotion charge.

'The most important thing now is we hold our own destiny in our hands,' he said. 'The important fact is we have the points on the board, which other teams below us don't have. It just gives us the added confidence if we continue to do our jobs between now and the end of the season then nobody else can affect it - we will finish in the top two if we continue to win games.

'That is ultimately the case now, which has not been the situation in recent weeks where we have to rely on results elsewhere.

'It is up to us to continue to do what we are doing and I don't think that will change.'

Neil is confident the Canaries will cope with being the hunted after returning to the top two for the first time since October.

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'We are in the same position because we know if we don't win our next five games then you are not going to stay in the top two; simple as that,' he said. 'We'll try to win as many of those we can and whether we are point behind or a point in front that doesn't alter what is required. Maybe if you got to a game or two left and we are a point clear that is an advantage but at this stage if you are in the top four you are hunting the same thing.'