Ruthless Alex Neil will do what it takes to get back on track at Norwich City

Norwich City manager Alex Neil admitted he made the wrong call in a 6-2 defeat at Newcastle. Picture

Norwich City manager Alex Neil admitted he made the wrong call in a 6-2 defeat at Newcastle. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy knows Alex Neil will be ruthless in getting the Canaries back on track in the Premier League.

The Scot suffered consecutive league defeats for the first time in his City reign either side of the international break against Leicester and Newcastle United.

Neil made it clear after a painful 6-2 loss at St James' Park he expects the right reaction ahead of West Brom's Carrow Road league visit.

'It is his way, he wants us to do it a certain way, everybody has an individual job and he expects you to execute that,' said Ruddy. 'If you don't do it in a match, more often than not you'll be punished for that or find yourself out of the team. There's no hiding place now. You can't rely on other players to do your job for you.

'Everyone has their job; if someone can chip in and help you then so be it, but I think to a man we've gone about our game plan in every game in the same fashion.


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'I've said this a number of times, for me he's probably the best I've worked with tactically and to say that about someone who's still only 34 is a big statement. There's no grey areas. Everything is black and white; you know what you need to do when you go out on the pitch. I think that's the key thing; certainly being a manager in the Premier League, you can't afford to have grey areas and people unsure about what they're doing.

'He's been fantastic so far and I'm very fortunate to work with him. I'm sure he'll go on to a lot of great things in his career if he carries on in the same way.'

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Norwich have found it difficult to harness the winning formula at Carrow Road in the early months of the new Premier League season but did emphatically beat rivals Bournemouth 3-1 on home soil.

'I think we've gone into games this season against Sunderland, Stoke and Bournemouth, saying these are the games where we need to pick up points,' said Ruddy. 'Sunderland was a fantastic performance, Stoke we should have beaten and against Bournemouth we won as well. I think the performance levels in those games bodes well for us.

'The first thing we say to each other when we come in the changing rooms is no one works harder than us. As long as we maintain that and the performance levels, I think we'll give teams a very tough challenge.

'We're confident in our own abilities and we've got a good squad with a core of players who have played in the Premier League before and are used to the pressures that come with it.'

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