‘Game on’ for Norwich City boss Alex Neil in the Championship promotion stakes

Bradley Johnson scores Norwich City's opener against Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Bradley Johnson scores Norwich City's opener against Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil was not jumping for joy after watching Norwich City turn up the heat on their Championship rivals with a 2-0 home win against Wolves.

Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban sealed an impressive victory to propel the Canaries into the top six for the first time since November 1 ahead of another major tussle against fifth-placed Watford this weekend at Vicarage Road.

'I don't take any notice that we are in the top six,' he said. 'It's not significant at all unless we are in there at the end of the season. The most important statistic for me is that we have won five games out of seven, which is good going by anyone's standards.

'Watford's another big game but really it's a snowball effect now. Each one will get bigger and bigger providing we are in amongst it. That is the most important thing.

'If we had lost here you would really have set yourself to try and win every single match and to do that between now and the end of the season is extremely difficult, regardless of who you are.

'I think what we have done is put ourselves in a pack where even if you drop a point or two then you can still make it back up and be in touching distance to strike come the last four, five or six games of the season. Hopefully we have allowed ourselves that wee bit of breathing space and this week, if we can go on and win, that puts ourselves in an even stronger position. I don't take any notice of being in the top six now. It's not significant unless we are there at the end.'