Norwich City chief Alex Neil predicts fireworks against Newcastle United

Jonny Howson sums up the mood of dejection after Newcastle's 4-3 Championship win at St James' Park

Jonny Howson sums up the mood of dejection after Newcastle's 4-3 Championship win at St James' Park earlier in the season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil expects fireworks when Championship table toppers Newcastle United bid to derail Norwich City's revival.

Neil insists his squad is not on a revenge mission after crashing to a painful 4-3 stoppage time defeat at St James' Park earlier in the season, ahead of tonight's latest episode in a high-scoring duel.

'We have a point to prove to ourselves that we can be one of the top teams. I'm not sure revenge is the correct word but we will be looking to put that one right,' he said. 'I haven't mentioned the previous game. There is no need to spice up this one by harping back to what happened at the end of that game.

'We won 5-1 on Saturday and you won't hear my going on about that next week. None of that has any bearing on this one.

'We were 3-1 up, we should have defended better to see the game out. It cost us points, we were disappointed but there was no point crying over spilt milk. The Championship is unforgiving. If you have a hangover when you lose a game that is a problem and we experienced that before Christmas when we lost a lot of points as a result. We have come through the other side so the last thing I want to do is reminiscence about the time we failed to hold onto a lead. Let's focus on what we are good and be positive.'


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Rafa Benitez's title favourites have proved miserly on the road, conceding just eight goals in 15 away league games this season.

'I have had some bizarre games against them,' said Neil. 'The last few minutes at our place last season, the 6-2 game up there is probably the most bizarre I have ever been involved in, and the 4-3, which was a bitter one to take. If this one is half as entertaining as the last three it will be a very good game.

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'They are quite resilient. I wouldn't say they are overly-expansive. They do try to break quickly but they are balanced in their approach. They are not gung ho by any means but our last three games have been very high-scoring affairs. We have scored three goals on two occasions and twice in the other. That is a lot against a team of that quality. I have always said this before, I regard myself as an offensive coach. I set my team out to win a game. That presents decisions and dilemmas because the opposition are going to get chances, but we want to try and impose our style on them.'

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