Home truths the acid test for West Ham, warns Norwich City’s Alex Neil

Norwich manager Alex Neil insists the pressure is on West Ham to perform at home. Picture by Paul Ch

Norwich manager Alex Neil insists the pressure is on West Ham to perform at home. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil believes West Ham's stellar Premier League away form merely heaps more pressure on them to brush Norwich City aside at Upton Park.

Slaven Bilic's squad have earned maximum points from trips to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City this season but such dominance is yet to be translated to the Boleyn.

'Certain teams are set up to be better away from home and with the quality they have got at the top end of the pitch it suits them to soak up pressure and then go and hit teams on the counter,' said Neil. 'But most home fans want to see their team go all out attack, and everything that goes with it. It'll be interesting to see how they approach it in terms of the contrast between how they went to those three big sides and how they might set up against us.

'They have done exceptionally well against the bigger teams away but I would be surprised if they adopted that against us at their place. The fact they went to three really tough places and picked up nine points is incredible. It is credit to them and shows how dangerous they can be, however, I am focusing more on how they beat Newcastle the last time they were at home. They were good that day.'

Neil insists trying to halt Bilic's men in the East End is not their toughest task of the season.


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'No, I think going to Anfield is a difficult task, going to Southampton is a difficult task. Crystal Palace, the form they are in, was not easy,' he said. 'I don't think you get any games that are easy in the Premier League. No-one hands you points, you have to fight for them.

'He has been in the game a long time. He has managed at the top level with his country so he knows what the game is about and has started well. If you look at the squad they spent quite a lot of money in the summer and they have added real quality. They now have a lot of guys they paid a lot of money for and you would fully expect them to adapt and be good enough at this level.'

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