Norwich City must fight fire with fire at Bolton

Cameron Jerome heads Norwich City into a 2-0 lead in Bolton's Championship trip to Carrow Road earli

Cameron Jerome heads Norwich City into a 2-0 lead in Bolton's Championship trip to Carrow Road earlier this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich boss Alex Neil knows Neil Lennon well enough to predict his troops will not have to go looking for Bolton in Saturday's latest Championship promotion assignment.

Neil was an admirer of Lennon's work at Celtic north of the border and the Scot already detects parallels in the Northern Irishman's approach to his craft in less high profile surroundings.

Bolton deployed a back three to devastating effect in Easter Monday's 3-0 league romp at Cardiff, but it is the Trotters' adventurous home form that has earned Neil's respect.

'I think they have only lost once since he has been there and the one they did lose was 4-3 to Watford, so it was quite a high-scoring game,' he said. 'They are very aggressive in the way they attack teams. They commit a lot of men forward and defensively we are going to have to be at our best and make sure our guys at the top end of the pitch are on it. I don't think its going to be cagey. It will be relatively open.

'They've only played three at the back away, never at home, so we'll be prepared for three, four, five at the back. It doesn't make any difference. We know how they set up.


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'I only really know him because of his time in Scotland, but I was surprised he found it difficult to get a job initially when he came south. The job he did at Celtic was great, particularly in Europe with how well they did, but it just shows how difficult it is to get a job in football so credit to him going to Bolton and he has done it well.'

Neil revealed on Friday he had opted to base his squad in the north until after Tuesday's trip to Leeds to maximise their promotion chances.

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'We are going to stay up to make sure we don't do a lot of travelling, because that can drain you when its three or four hours at a time,' he said. 'I think travelling back down on the Saturday night then up to Leeds again on the Monday and back down again on the Tuesday, although it might not catch up with us at Leeds we might pay the price on Friday against Middlesbrough. We need to plan ahead in that respect. I think it is important we have a lot of the lads together so we will take a slightly bigger squad with us.

'Bradley (Johnson) will come up for the game even though he is suspended and he will stay with the squad. He wanted to do that. It is his team and its important we are all together.'

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