Norwich City boss Alex Neil is ready for lift off

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is gearing up for a key spell. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is gearing up for a key spell. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists the best is yet to come for Norwich City as the Championship promotion race heats up.

The Canaries' eased into the top six for the first time since November 1 after beating Wolves 2-0 at the start of a crucial phase in their bid for a rapid Premier League return.

Norwich head to fifth-placed Watford on Saturday seven points off top spot after midweek stumbles for Middlesbrough and Derby, and Neil is gearing up for an assault on the top two.

'It is not beyond us,' he said. 'You have to rely on results going your way and you need a wee bit of fortune in terms of your results and other teams maybe dropping points or losing a key player. It is achievable.

'I have looked at the Championship for years and there is always a team with 12 or 14 games to go who come out of the pack and hit a real run of form and either scrape in to automatic or hit the play-offs with good momentum.'

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City's promotion credentials will be tested at Watford and FA Cup quarter-finalists Blackburn before an epic derby against Ipswich.

'When I first came in I saw a group who maybe lacked a bit of direction and confidence but the boys understand what I want now,' said Neil. 'I always try to get a settled spine to my side and the Wolves win was the first time I had named an unchanged line up. I thought in terms of the shape and how we are trying to play you could see that and it will only improve more and more between now and the end of the season. 'It's been great so far. It's like anywhere, the key is to win games and thankfully for me we have started to do that. We have some good momentum and we are playing good football and hopefully we can continue that.'

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