Norwich City boss Alex Neil enjoying his striker dilemma but who should start up front against Cardiff City?
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Alex Neil will relish his striker dilemma for Norwich City's Championship test at Cardiff City.
Nelson Oliveira is back from a three-match ban before which he had plundered 10 goals in 12 games. Former Bluebird, Cameron Jerome, struck twice during Oliveira's absence to give Neil the sort of selection headache he wants.
Neil knows his side must show a ruthless edge away from Carrow Road to get back into the promotion picture after failing to win in the league since beating Wolves on October 1.
'A great dilemma to have, especially going to a place like Cardiff,' he said. 'It is not going to be easy down there. We are going to need all the squad fit. We have Nelson coming back and we just need to make sure we utilise the strengths of both lads as well as we can because they are complete opposites.
'When teams squeeze the pitch and want to play high that suits Cameron down to the ground. The one thing we all know is he has got is blistering pace and strength and he used that against Birmingham. Not only that, we used him really well.
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'At times we can play too short and we need to encourage the lads to go a bit longer, particularly when teams squeeze the pitch, because we have someone who can run like a gazelle. For the first goal he robbed a lad in the middle of the park, runs the length of the pitch, dips his shoulder and shows a great bit of composure with his finish. For this level that is quality.'
Timm Klose added a second with a rare headed finish that Neil is demanding more of from the Swiss international.
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'He did that in the Premier League. It was a very similar goal as well, when he got across the front of his man and the ball in is spot on,' said Neil. 'Robbie (Brady) put it on the money but you need players to go and show real aggression and determination to win it, which he did. I agree he could certainly do more in terms of the threat he carries in the opposition penalty area.'