Norwich City boss Alex Neil is not worried about setting the record straight with Middlesbrough

Norwich City slipped to a 1-0 Championship defeat against Middlesbrough last month. Picture by Paul

Norwich City slipped to a 1-0 Championship defeat against Middlesbrough last month. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's Premier League quest is the only motivation Alex Neil needs to set the record straight with Middlesbrough.

The Canaries' boss will lead his side at Wembley next week in the biggest match in the club's recent history, after dumping rivals Ipswich out of the promotion race. City's bid for a top two finish effectively ended with Boro's 1-0 Carrow Road league win last month, but Neil is focusing on the big picture against Aitor Karanka's squad.

'I wouldn't say we have unfinished business with them, I would say we have unfinished business in the sense I won't be satisfied until we get to the Premier League,' he said. 'Ultimately that has been our goal. Now we our have an even chance of getting there. We have done a lot of the hard work but the biggest task is still ahead of us and that is going to be extremely difficult, however, if any team is capable of doing it then its mine.

'I don't think the previous game has any bearing. The fact it is a neutral venue, nobody has that advantage and I think it is a one-off game with so much riding on it. It is not a normal game.

'His teams are extremely well-organised, he knows what he's doing. It is a challenge for me but for the players as well.'

City endured two frenetic derby battles against Ipswich to book their place at Wembley, but Boro cruised past Brentford 5-1 on aggregate. Neil is confident there is enough time for the Canaries to recover and prepare for their seasonal finale.

'It should not be an issue. It will have been equally draining for Boro,' he said. 'I don't see any difference, apart from the fact we played a derby, but the prize is the same. Once the second goal went in for us the pace dropped, as it did for Boro, so we have not exerted ourselves any more than they have. The fact is there will be down time this week and we will try to get their minds on other things.'

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