Norwich City boss Alex Neil calls for fan power to sweep away Middlesbrough

Norwich fans can tip the balance against Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich fans can tip the balance against Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil wants fan power to tip the balance in an epic Championship collision against promotion rivals Middlesbrough.

The Norwich City boss knows how important the Carrow Road factor could be on Friday when they look to take a major step closer the Premier League.

'We want everybody to be as vocal as they can be and give the team the backing they deserve,' said Neil. 'The lads have shown how much they want it and how hard they have tried since I came in and if it can make any difference whatsoever then it must only help.

'When you play a good side they are always going to have a spell so everyone will have to be patient at times. What we have to try and do is grab the momentum and force them onto the back foot. We want to be the ones dictating, not the other way around, like we have done in the majority of matches.

'Middlesbrough is stubborn and difficult to play against. They are rigid and don't concede many goals. We'll need to make sure we move the ball crisply and quickly when we've got it, and we guard against them breaking on us when they do. They have one of the lowest possession rates in the top eight, which is a bit unusual, but we have gone through their strengths and weaknesses and how we can exploit them.'

Neil hopes his instant impact since replacing Neil Adams has won over the doubters.

'When I initially came in there was probably questions, and there always will be in that situation, but we have quickly turned that around and everybody is pulling in the same direction,' he said. 'I don't think we are getting such a high and low mentality as it was when I first came in. The backing of the fans is crucial and it gives us a better opportunity to go where we want to. The fans were absolute great at Bolton and Leeds.'

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