Close-knit dressing room the key to Norwich City’s table-topping start to season

Norwich City manager Alex Neil.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil will send Norwich City's band of brothers out to win at Newcastle in an epic Championship duel.

The Canaries' spirit of adventure saw them hammered 6-2 on Tyneside in the Premier League last season but Neil's table-toppers memorably won a Carrow Road thriller during the run-in and head to St James' Park looking to extend their lead at the top.

City have led the way for the relegated trio during the opening weeks of the new campaign and Neil puts that down to a close-knit dressing room.

'We are going to win. We are not going there looking to accept a draw or feeling we just want to do well. We beat them at home last season, we are capable of beating them again,' he said. 'I think we can go there on the back of four league wins with them now deeming it as one they have to win. The onus is on them to come and try to beat us.

'Team spirit has always been good in my group. The camaraderie and the way they fight for each other has always been there. We got relegated last season but no-one could question how hard they tried or how hard they wanted it. If anyone ever questioned that I can assure you they are wrong. That is something we have always had. If we didn't have it, we wouldn't have started this season as well as we have in terms of results. Some of the other big clubs are finding it tough in this league. For us to recover so well from the hangover of last season the players deserve a lot of credit.'

Neil confirmed after his side's 3-1 Burton win Alex Tettey comes back into contention for the Tyneside trip after a hip injury.

'It is really difficult at the moment,' he said. 'There were a lot of selection dilemmas for me (against Burton) but we had won four games before that one, three of those in the league. What you can't do is discount what has gone before and focus simply on a good cup win. It is a good position to be in.'

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