“There has been a lot of negativity but this is not the time to give up,” Norwich City boss Alex Neil’s warning to the Premier League doubters
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Alex Neil insists the stress of Norwich City's Premier League relegation fight will not split the Canaries.
The City chief is adamant there are no fractures or divisions inside the club ahead of the end game. Norwich visit fourth-placed Arsenal on Saturday evening in the bottom three behind Sunderland on goal difference and running out of time to avoid a swift Championship return.
'The board, the players, the team, everyone connected to Norwich want one thing and one thing only and that is to perform as well as we can in these last four games,' he said. 'The board are 100pc behind everything we are doing, just like the players and the staff. We're in a fight, we now need to come out fighting. There has been a lot of negativity but this is not the time to give up, this is the time to roll up our sleeves.
'For the players they know what they have to do.
'You can sense a bit of apprehension and trepidation in some of the players due to the fact they know what is at stake and that we missed a good opportunity in the last game. You can't guarantee a performance, every player goes out trying to be the best they can, but that is not always going to be the case. We just have to strive to get as many of those as we can in this mini league.'
Norwich could be even further adrift in the relegation zone by the time they kick-off at the Emirates, with Sunderland at Stoke City and Newcastle United hosting FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace. Neil, however, wants tunnel vision from his troops.
'If the scores go for you then of course you know what to do but even if it goes the other way then it doesn't really change or alter what we need to do,' he said. 'Before Sunderland there was almost a wave of excitement and happiness and then you lose and it is if the world has fell in. The outside noise becomes harder to deal with. '
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