Norwich City’s Alex Neil warns of arrogance ahead of Wigan test
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists it would be arrogant to dismiss Championship strugglers Wigan and Millwall ahead of stepping up their assault on the top two.
The Canaries host Malky Mackay's Latics at Carrow Road on Wednesday before travelling to relegation-threatened Millwall at the weekend, and Neil is demanding no let up after six wins on the spin. Norwich will replace Derby County in second place, a point behind Middlesbrough, if they clinch a seventh consecutive win.
'I think when people talk about banana skins they are almost suggesting it is a foregone conclusion,' he said.
'Earlier in the season, if I am right, Wigan went to Derby and beat them so we have no divine right.
'We have to work really hard and if we play to our full potential we should win, but we have 12 banana skins between now and the end of the season, whether it is Derby or Wigan or Millwall, we have to be fully focused on the job and give our best.
'Perhaps the expectancy level now is different from three, four, five games ago and the danger then is that sort of complacency or even arrogance in terms of thinking we only have to turn up to win.
'I can assure anyone who is coming to the game that is not going to be the case. We have to make sure we are on it and ready and the players have had that message and I don't expect anybody here to take Wigan or Millwall lightly.'
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Neil knows the importance of Norwich's six-game winning surge, including a derby double over promotion rivals Ipswich following Sunday's 2-0 home win against Town, but this is no time to look backwards.
'Take nothing away from what we have done but right now we are in the heat of the battle and it will get even tougher between here and the end of the season so I won't be celebrating or expecting anyone here to start looking behind us,' he said.
'We analyse the games and go through it and see what we did and didn't do well, generally on a Monday morning, but the reason for that is once it's done it's finished and out of the way.
'Our main task is to go and beat Wigan, end of story. We shouldn't be talking about anything else.'