Robbie Brady has the quality to lead Norwich City’s Premier League survival bid
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Alex Neil is challenging Robbie Brady to really stamp his mark on Norwich City's Premier League survival mission.
Brady was restored to midfield at West Brom and responded with a match-winning display after a lengthy run in the side at left-back.
Neil insists the Republic of Ireland international has the quality to step up and lead the Canaries to top flight safety.
'It is a mixed bag with Rob, sometimes he has played at left-back and had very good games there and the same in left-midfield and there have been other games when he has played at left-midfield and we have struggled to get him the ball,' said Neil. 'I thought in the first half (at West Brom) he got the ball on a few occasions and I would like to see him get it even more so he can influence the match a bit more because of the qualities.
'We know what an excellent player he is and he showed that again in the way he was there to pop up with a goal.'
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Brady, currently away on international duty, has played at left-back and further forward for his country as well as his club but the Dubliner will do what it takes to be in the starting line up.
'I don't have a preferred position,' he said. 'Over the last few years, I've been moulded into a left-back position. I've enjoyed it, getting to learn a different part of the game. I felt I could always defend, but I'm tightening up on small things. Growing up as an attacking player, I love going forward, trying to score and make goals so the further up the pitch, the better for me. Whether I have to do that from left-back, left-wing or right-wing, I'm more than happy.'
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The former Manchester United trainee, speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, remains convinced the Canaries will survive.
'I've stayed up and been relegated. There are fine lines and you need that bit of luck. If we can put a run of games together now, which we're capable of doing, I'm confident we'll be fine,' he said. 'Many of the (Norwich) players all been through it, too, and know what it takes to survive.
'We were conceding goals with a few minutes left after putting in a good performance which is almost more disappointing than getting beaten four or five nil. At least it's then in bold writing. We have defended well for the last couple of games, we seem to have tightened up. We just have to keep that ruthless streak.'