Matt Jarvis puts his trust in Norwich City boss Alex Neil

Matt Jarvis is enjoying life at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Matt Jarvis is enjoying life at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

'In Alex we Trust' is the motto Norwich City's players will adopt for Sunday's Premier League trip to Newcastle United.

Norwich have offered obdurate resistance away from Carrow Road and on-loan midfielder Matt Jarvis attributes that to the tactical nous of Alex Neil.

The Canaries' only away defeat this season came at Southampton, when the visitors' prospects of halting a rampant Saints ended with Steven Whittaker's early red card.

Jarvis is backing Neil to find the antidote to Newcastle's desperate search for their first top flight win under Steve McClaren when the Canaries head to St James' Park.

'I think the manager is very good at doing his homework and setting us up in the right way. I have no doubt he'll get it right,' he said. 'For the last however many away games it is has gone just as he planned. You go back to Liverpool. The manager didn't set us out to sit back and defend. We pressed from the front and went out to attack them. We went to win the game and then going 1-0 down we showed great character and confidence to get the draw. Newcastle is a tough place to go, there'll be a real atmosphere and they will be targeting that first win, but we want to keep our record going away.

'I don't think you treat them any differently because they are bottom of the table. The fact Newcastle is bottom right now tells you how hard it is to get points in this league.

'They are a big, big club and their fans will expect, especially at home. That brings pressure but you need to deal with that, take it on board, and still produce. That is the hardest thing to do in the league. Away from home you need to start well to make sure they don't pick up momentum.'

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Jarvis has scored twice in his first four appearances but the 29-year-old knows there can be no let-up with the likes of Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady also trying to catch Neil's eye down a competitive left-flank.

'There is competition for places all around, not just down the left-hand side. We have a very, very good squad of players and the manager can only pick 11,' he said. 'You have to prove yourself every time you get a chance. Of course there will be players not happy at not playing. I wouldn't and if you get the opportunity you have to take it.

'I know from my time at West Ham it is not nice. You become a professional footballer to play football. When you train every week and you are not playing it is very hard to take.'

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