Norwich City must find top gear again to beat Tottenham Hotspur

Referee Michael Oliver books Gary O'Neil during Norwich City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford, leaving the

Referee Michael Oliver books Gary O'Neil during Norwich City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford, leaving the midfielder one yellow card short of a suspension. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The current unpredictable nature of the Premier League ensures Norwich City travel to Tottenham with full belief that they can win this afternoon.

Boosted by becoming the first Canaries team to win away against Manchester United in 26 years, Alex Neil's team are unlikely to be daunted by the clash.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost just twice in the top flight this season and are flying high in fourth place, but several members of Neil's squad have tasted victory over Spurs in recent years.

Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett and Jonny Howson all played in a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane in 2012, but Neil knows it will be very difficult to repeat that success.

'They've got good players but like every player, they've got to perform and that's the hard part,' the Canaries boss said.

'What they've got is a good manager who has got them well organised and they're all believing in what they've got to do.

'So when you've got that, you've always got a good chance. They've got a good chance but there are other good teams in the league as well and I think everybody has shown that on their day, they're capable of beating anybody.

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'So we're going to have to stay concentrated and obviously play as well as we can.'

Spurs bounced back from a surprise 2-1 home loss to Newcastle, which brought an end to a 14-match unbeaten run in the league, with an impressive 2-0 win at Southampton.

Neil believes Pochettino's side have the quality to mount a title challenge, if they can start winning more consistently, to close the nine-point gap to surprise leaders Leicester.

'The league this season in particular has been unpredictable and I think any team pretty much in the top eight can go on a run of five or six back-to-back wins and if you can do that you can put yourself in real contention of doing anything really,' the Scot continued. 'Tottenham have got a good squad, they've got a good settled squad, they churn out the team every week and there's not a lot of changes really and that's mainly because they are winning games.

'If they can keep everyone fit, they'll certainly be at the top end of the league.'

If the Canaries are to secure points in north London, Neil knows he will need his players to show more of the leadership skills which have been more evident in recent weeks.

'I think it's still a work in progress,' he added. 'I encourage my players and my team to have a voice and to have opinions and to have a voice on the pitch. I don't want them to be overly reliant on me. I think it's important that you've got players who can make decisions and be leaders within the group.

'I think that's absolutely crucial and that strengthens the group and brings them closer together, and that's something I always look for.

'Certainly Russell (Martin) at the moment is our captain and I rely on him to step up to the fore at times and make sure that he is influencing people around him.'