Play-off drama would not faze Norwich City boss Alex Neil

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is no stranger to play-off drama. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is no stranger to play-off drama. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is not afraid of facing the perils of a potential Championship play-off push if Norwich City's bid for automatic promotion runs out of steam.

The Canaries slipped five points behind leaders Watford and Middlesbrough after a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield made it one win in their last four league games.

Neil remains bullish over the club's top two chances ahead of Nottingham Forest's weekend trip to Carrow Road, but the City boss is no stranger to knock-out football after guiding Hamilton to the Scottish Premier League via the play-offs.

'If you talk about the experience of play-offs I have been in a play-off final and won one. I'm not sure the other guys we are competing with have,,' he said. 'I came down here to make sure we were either in the play-offs or if we did really well then we go up automatically.

'We have done the first part well, which is to get ourselves into contention, now we have to pick up as many wins and see where that takes us.'

Neil insists there will be slip ups for City's promotion rivals over a fraught run-in.

'This league tells you teams are not going to tick along, there will be chopping and changing,' he said. 'Derby have to play four of the top six during this spell, something has to give, they can't all win.

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'Everybody will have a glance at the other run-ins and anyone who says they don't is not being truthful. We have to do our jobs, there is no point looking anywhere else because that is irrelevant if we don't do our jobs.'