Patrick Bamford can fire Norwich City to Premier League safety

Norwich City loanee Patrick Bamford is set for a key role in the survival push. Picture by Paul Ches

Norwich City loanee Patrick Bamford is set for a key role in the survival push. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Fire us to Premier League safety, is Alex Neil's message to young sharp shooter Patrick Bamford.

The Chelsea loanee impressed on his first ever top-flight start in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City and almost capped a vibrant cameo with a memorable goal when he unleashed a shot that cannoned off the top of Joe Hart's bar. Bamford is now poised for a leading role in the Canaries' relegation battle after impressing Neil against the Citizens.

'Patrick will get more chances against lesser opposition and I thought his movement and how he worked for the team was really good. We are hoping we can take that into the games coming up,' said Neil, below. 'His shot off the bar was excellent, his movement and his hold-up play I didn't think were going to be as good as it was against two really good centre-backs.

'I think Patrick is going to be important between now and the end of the season. He came on at Swansea and in 30 minutes had four attempts on goal, which is promising. It is about Patrick doing enough to stake his claim and if he does get a chance, to make the position his own. He is training well and he is certainly in my thoughts.'

Neil adopted a cautious approach with the 22-year-old, who cut short a previous loan stint at Crystal Palace due to a lack of game-time.

'He is certainly sharp enough to play a part if needed and the more you play, the more consistency you can bring,' said Neil.

'We have played Cameron (Jerome) recently a lot to try and get him into that frame of mind, but we missed quite a few chances, which has been tough. I have tried to keep a settled side as much as I can, but we are not getting points and so you have to change it.

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'Patrick got 60 or 70 minutes (against Manchester City). I didn't want to bust him and I thought the way the game was panning out both him and Wes (Hoolahan) looked as if they tired.

'I thought if we could get the two bigger lads on that might give us a chance to get the ball higher up the pitch and relieve some of the pressure.'

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