No let up for Alex Neil ahead of key Norwich City milestone

Alex Neil is approaching an important milestone at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Alex Neil is approaching an important milestone at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is hungry for more success at Norwich City as he gears up for his first anniversary in charge at Carrow Road.

Neil guided the Canaries to a memorable Championship promotion victory at Wembley and nine Premier League points from 12 over the festive period moved them six points clear of the relegation zone. The 34-year-old insists there will be no complacency on his watch as he looks to build on a winning start to 2016.

'For me, I haven't over-achieved on a personal level,' he said. 'My task was to get us promoted and then keep us in the league, so we are doing okay at the moment. You don't always get what you deserve at times in this game. There can't be any complacency. It is not as if we have been winning games week in, week out. We have come off the back of a good period for us but this next month is going to be crucial, absolutely crucial, because if we can get as many wins early doors then it takes the pressure off and you can go on and hopefully enjoy the rest of the season. To get back-to-back wins is very important. It takes pressure off the games coming up and we need to approach them in the same manner.'

Neil insists his squad is learning what it takes to prosper in the top flight.

'We are moving in the right direction,' he said. 'If you had offered me nine points before we went to Manchester United of course I would have taken that. This league is tough, it is hard and we are enjoying it at the moment so hopefully we can perform well in our next game. Belief comes with wins, that is the bottom line. People might watch you, you don't play well and lose and everybody will write you off but if you can get a bit of momentum it is massive. We have found a nice balance at the moment, we are looking threatening going forward and that is now two clean sheets.'