Norwich City boss Alex Neil seeks marginal gains at Leeds to bolster Championship promotion bid
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Alex Neil expects Norwich City to reap the benefits of their northern training camp when they embark on the next stage in their Championship promotion odyssey at Leeds.
The Scot elected to keep his troops based just outside Manchester, following the weekend's last-gasp league win at Bolton, to prepare fully for another gruelling instalment at Elland Road on Tuesday night.
Neil is looking for any marginal gains to tip the balance in a Championship promotion race which sees the top four separated by two points ahead of the final push.
'I have no concerns we will be ready. We need to be and we will be,' he said. 'Physically, it is what it is. We just need to adapt and we felt with the Middlesbrough game as well it made sense not to travel back and forth from Norwich. The lads have been able to recover and the ones who didn't play at Bolton trained on Sunday. If the players are looking a bit mentally or physically fatigued we can tweak how we prepare to suit the group.
'To get the rewards we are tying to achieve is never easy. It is going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of effort and dedication.
'We have won the last four in a row so we need to continue that momentum and if we do I believe we will get to where we want to go. The difficulty is trying to keep that intensity up for such a sustained period of time when the games come thick and fast. You want them to take their mind off it when there is downtime because it can be draining, so in that respect it was good the group have stayed together for these last few days.'
Neil, speaking to the club's official site, confirmed he had no fresh injury concerns following his squad's tense victory against the Trotters. Bradley Johnson will miss out against his old club as he serves the final match of his two-game suspension.
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'Everybody is fine. Lewis (Grabban) got some time under his belt so the squad is fit and we are ready to go again,' said Neil. 'Without Bradley we had to alter how we lined up because I had managed to pick the same side for three games in a row, the boys were adapting to how we wanted to play and the momentum was there. I thought we did well.'
Johnson's absence saw West Brom loanee Graham Dorrans deployed further forward with Alex Tettey offering the defensive insurance against Bolton. Dorrans could be a calming figure in a frenetic encounter at Elland Road.
'He is a quality player,' said Neil. 'The one thing he can do is dictate the tempo of the game. He can put his foot on the ball, he can spot a pass, he can shoot. There is more to come from him in an attacking sense so I was pleased in that respect he got his goal at Bolton.'