Norwich City must put their own house in order in the Premier League survival stakes

Norwich City won impressively at Premier League relegation rivals Sunderland earlier this season. Pi

Norwich City won impressively at Premier League relegation rivals Sunderland earlier this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil admits Norwich City have to put their own house in order to survive in the Premier League.

The Canaries' chief is not relying on favours or slip ups from their relegation rivals over the run-in, with Swansea's 2-1 win at title-challenging Arsenal underlining the point.

'I wasn't watching the Arsenal game, thinking 'why didn't they win?' of course it might have an impact on us but it is up to us, not Arsenal doing us favours,' said Neil. 'They have their own agenda, they are trying to win the title. Swansea made six changes and managed to win, which is unusual. We need to worry about ourselves. If we don't win games, it is no-one else's fault but ourselves.

'We have Swansea, then Manchester City then a bulk of games against teams around about us. We need to win games to save ourselves. We can't rely on other teams.'

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce echoed has Neil's comments earlier this week that all the relegation rivals are capable of bucking the trend and picking up a series of positive results.


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'We can't rely on Sunderland and Newcastle losing and I am sure they will be saying the same about us,' said Neil. 'We have West Brom, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Newcastle so those plus Swansea will be make-or-break games and indicate where we finish up.

'I wouldn't say it is desperation stage now, desperation is when you have two games to go and you need to win them to stay up.

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'There are still 30 points to play for so there is plenty available there, but the complexion of the bottom can change very quickly.

'We won three out of four over the Christmas period and it completely changed the dynamic of where we were at that time. If we can do that in the next five or so games it will completely change the picture again.'

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