Seven steps to safety for Norwich City in Premier League relegation battle
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Alex Neil feels 38 points could be the magic number in Norwich City's Premier League survival bid.
The Canaries will hope for stumbles from relegation rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland this weekend before they return to action at Arsenal in seven days.
Norwich then host Manchester United and Watford at Carrow Road prior to a final day trip to Everton, and Neil expects the survival scrap to go right to the wire. City go into a blank weekend on 31 points and outside the bottom three by a single point, after a painful 3-0 defeat to the Black Cats last time out.
'Like anything when you are four points clear you have that added extra confidence and belief it will be enough. When that goes down to one point you start to think, right we need to get our finger out here a bit,' said Neil. 'It looks like it is going all the way now. There are huge amounts to play for and certainly the points tally, with limited games left, you feel it is going to go right to the end.
'Obviously playing Arsenal away at the Emirates is tough but we need to try and take something and then we have two at home and we have to target them and Everton away, whose home record is not great. People can talk about the points we need, but two wins and a draw from where we are, I think that will be enough. It is about us. I look at the four games we have got and think we need to win some of those, not who has got who elsewhere.'
Neil knows it is crucial to attack the final push in the right frame of mind.
'We have four games to save our season and we need to win some of them,' he said. 'Over the course of the season we have tried different things to change it but really it is on the day and your players making good decisions.
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'We have done bonding trips, we have done everything you care to think of and there is no correlation between bonding trips and winning. I think having the break is a good thing, in the sense we are not automatically now straight into the next one, which might help us.'