Norwich City chief Alex Neil strives to defend a proud record at Ipswich Town
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Alex Neil derives little satisfaction from personal milestones, but he does want to maintain one record at Ipswich.
The City chief is yet to lose a Championship away game since overseeing a 2-1 triumph at Bournemouth on his debut in January 2015. Building on an encouraging start to life back in the second tier at Town's expense, however, is the Scot's priority.
'The worry you have with records is they are always there to be broken,' he said. 'Hopefully that doesn't happen this weekend. If we attack it as we have done away in this league then we should be there or thereabouts. The Bristol game was a big one for us. If we didn't win that one then it wouldn't have been deemed a good start. We wanted to have played better against Sheffield Wednesday but we can't beat ourselves up about it. The fact we have seven out of nine constitutes a good start. We are relaxed about this game. There is pressure on us but let's go and show what we can do. If we play well we give ourselves a good chance.'
City have not have looked as potent at home compared to that opening-day 4-1 romp against Blackburn, but the Canaries travel to Suffolk buoyed by two clean sheets.
'It shows you the levels. People talk about the defensive set-up and it not being good last season but for me it boils down to different levels,' said Neil. 'When you are playing against some of the best strikers in the world it is hard to keep them at bay, particularly when you don't have the ball as much as you would like.'