Myth-busting Norwich City out to cause more damage in the Premier League
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Alex Neil is out to dispel some Premier League myths when Norwich City return to top flight action.
The Canaries kept a maiden league clean sheet in beating Swansea City 1-0 at Carrow Road prior to the international break after Neil had openly admitted City have looked vulnerable defending set pieces - but there are no such issues to address in the opposite penalty box.
Jonny Howson's close range match-winning header against the Swans, from Robbie Brady's deep corner headed back by Dieumerci Mbokani, was the latest profitable entry from dead ball situations.
'I think we are in the top two in the league for converting from corners. This myth we are rubbish at corners offensively is wrong. If you want to look at the facts it is not true,' said Neil.
'The reason people think that is because it's not a straight ball from the corner and we head it straight into the net.
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'What I would say is we have more goals from set pieces than any other team in the league, or certainly from second phase. It is something like four or five - just like against Swansea when someone knocks it down and we put it in.
'Off the top of my head Russell Martin has scored three himself and they have been big for us. It has not been a weakness. The weakness has been defending our own box.
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'The clean sheet aspect is something we need to improve on. I don't think there's any question about that but it shows how fine the margins have been for us in the games we have lost. We are not losing by three or four goals and getting over-run in the vast majority of games.'
Norwich head to struggling Chelsea this weekend buoyed by victory over the Swans and the manner of their defiant display last time out on the road at Manchester City.
Neil unveiled a new look formation at the Etihad that looked set to earn a point until some late self-inflicted errors from the visitors.
'You could arguably say Manchester City was a major overhaul, because we managed to give them a new shape, a new method of playing within two days on the training pitch.
'We got all the information on board and the players carried it out well,' he said. 'We can do it. It is not an issue for us.
'That formation was probably earmarked three or four weeks before the game when I looked at the matches coming up. It is a formation I have used in the past and was exactly how I wanted us to go, regardless of recent results.
'It is not as if I need to change a great deal in terms of performance levels. We have had good possession of the ball in most games, we have created opportunities to score, we have not been getting battered in games. If you look at most of the statistics they make favourable reading but the bottom line is the result is the most important thing and in crucial areas we have not done enough to make sure we take points.
'We try our best every game and hopefully we can look back at the end of the season and be happy where we are.'