Norwich City’s Premier League relegation rivals are suffering the jitters as well, promises Alex Neil
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Norwich City is not the only club suffering the Premier League relegation jitters, insists Alex Neil.
The Canaries sit outside the bottom three on goal difference ahead of Chelsea's visit to Carrow Road on Tuesday after the latest 1-0 weekend defeat at Leicester City extended their winless top flight run to seven games since beating Southampton on January 2.
Norwich have also blown two-goal leads recently against Liverpool and West Ham in front of their own fans but, Neil is adamant City's survival rivals will also be feeling the heat. The Canaries' opponents this coming weekend, Swansea led Tottenham on Sunday at White Hart Lane before losing 2-1.
'Everyone recognises at this stage of the season it is about results and whatever it takes to get those but I am big believer if you play well more often than not that will translate into the result,' said Neil. 'The teams at the bottom end are always fractionally away from the right result. You can talk about Swansea, us, Sunderland, Aston Villa. You are down there because at crucial times you don't execute the right pass or the right finish and it comes back to haunt you and this league is unforgiving. We haven't done that enough but the signs are we are getting ourselves into the right situations.'
Neil admits Norwich have no margin for error, sitting just above the dividing line, with 24 points from 27 games and pivotal league battles ahead against the likes of Swansea, Newcastle and Sunderland.
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'Not being in the bottom three gives us a bit of solace but not much, to be honest, because you know the closer you get to the end you are going to have to win games to stay in the league,' he said. 'You can't rely on others just because their points tally is no better than us. I can assure you it is really frustrating not winning games.
'Look at Sunderland going to West Ham, or us at Leicester or Swansea at Tottenham. There is not much in the matches. It is about making sure the small differences go in our favour and the team who does that the most out of the sides at the bottom will see themselves safe.'
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