Norwich City must go for the jugular to try and force a last-day Premier League decider
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Alex Neil is urging Norwich City not to surrender their Premier League status without a fight.
The Canaries host Watford on Wednesday in their final home match of the season, four points from safety, knowing they must beat the Hornets and hope Sunderland fail to pick up three points against Everton.
'Of course the odds are stacked against us,' he said. 'We want to try and take it to the last game because if we can I think with the amount of pressure on that one 90 minutes anything can happen. If it comes down to one match anything is possible but we have to win and hope for a bit of luck. You have to be optimistic. The simple fact is if we stay up the players benefit more than anybody else, so they are playing for that as much as the team. It is important for us to see this season out but we have a job to do against Watford.
'My job is to paint the picture to the players that we can do this. Clearly when you lose games the belief takes a hit and we know we need a favour in the other game. If you look at Everton as a set of players most would agree they are capable of winning a game anywhere in this league. Their record on the road has been better than at home and we are hoping they can go and do a job.'
Ryan Bennett is back in contention after a viral infection but Jonny Howson faces two months on the sidelines with a knee injury. The likes of Josh and Jacob Murphy, along with January signing James Maddison, have also returned to the club after finishing loan stints in the Football League but none of City's youngsters will be involved for the Premier League finale.
'We loaned them out for the season which prohibits them from being involved for us but they are back in and did a bit of training and testing so we can see where they are physically and then gauge them for pre-season,' said Neil. 'Jonny has had a scan, it is a grade two knee ligament injury so that is six to eight weeks and he will miss the remainder of the season, but Ryan should be fine and in the squad.'