Too early to declare Norwich City’s Premier League demise for Alex Neil

Alex Neil has endured a tough spell at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has endured a tough spell at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has a warning for those penning Norwich City's Premier League obituary - we are not done yet.

The Canaries slipped deeper into relegation trouble after a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday and further progress for rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland. City host FA Cup finalists Manchester United and Watford over the next 10 days and Neil knows it is now or never with his side two points adrift of safety ahead of their final three league games.

'The last thing you can do down in a relegation dogfight is feel sorry for yourselves,' he said. 'A lot of people were questioning whether we had the bottle for a fight, whether we are going to curl up and die or try and see what we are made of and I thought the boys answered those questions. You can't ask any more from a group of players. All I ask is they show that type of effort and endeavour in the last three games. If you start worrying about the maths and what other people are doing then it'll drive you crazy. What I know is we have three left, we must win some of them to stay in the league. We have Manchester United and Watford and we need to take maximum points if we can.'

Norwich had chances of their own to shock Arsenal before Danny Welbeck marked his second-half arrival with the winner to leave the Canaries two points from safety.

'I thought their attitude was excellent. We showed some real good quality at times. I didn't think we got what we deserved,' said Neil. 'Of course it is going to be tough but it is the difference of one game. If we win and they draw or lose then we jump ahead again. I don't think Sunderland will win their remaining three games. If they do, they deserve to stay in the league. We have played under pressure a lot of times. I would rather it didn't go to the end of the season but if it went to the final game and you stay up then it's a great feeling.'