Norwich City chief Alex Neil is not banking on favours from Championship rivals

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not banking on any more slip ups from Championship rivals. Picture by P

Norwich manager Alex Neil is not banking on any more slip ups from Championship rivals. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has told his Norwich City players to forget about any more favours from Championship promotion rivals over an epic run-in.

The Canaries' host title-chasing Derby County this weekend with the Rams desperate to bounce back from conceding twice in stoppage time to squander two points at home to Birmingham.

Norwich go into Saturday's shoot-out one point behind the top four after a winning surge which helped capitalise on stumbles from the leading pack.

'It doesn't matter what they do because if we don't do our job then it's irrelevant. We have to take care of our business,' said Neil. 'You might hope for a slip or two from the teams in and around you, but, for me, I think every game they play I expect them to win so it is a pleasant surprise if they don't. That is the way it has been and will continue to be.

'We've as good a chance as anybody else around us. The top six or seven are all fighting for the same thing and if you start losing games you could find yourself out of the play-offs. That is how tight it is at the top of the table.

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'I look back to last season and a club like QPR who just got themselves in the play-offs and it was probably their Premier League experience that got them over the line in the end and you are hoping that is going to help us as well.'

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