Neil: We'll need to be at our bestNORWICH City can expect a similar test to the one they faced on Good Friday against Brighton when they take on Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road on Easter Monday (3pm), according to boss Alex Neil.
The Owls are the lowest scorers outside the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship, but have built their season on the foundations of a stubborn defence.
Neil says City are hoping to utilize Wednesday’s tighter weekend schedule to their own benefit after Stuart Gray’s men played hosted Huddersfield Town on Saturday, but he still thinks his team will have to be at their very best to get the result they want.
“Any advantage we can get, we’ll take. I don’t think the fact that they will have a day’s less rest helps them,” he commented ahead of the game.
“They will want to win the game as well though, so it will be about how we approach the match and how well we play that will decide whether we win or not.
“They’re not too dissimilar to Brighton: they’re well organised, they don’t concede a lot of goals and they don’t score a great deal of goals either.
“We have to make sure that we move ball quickly and with quality, and we can go and try and break them down. We’re going to have to be at our best.”
City’s manager doesn’t expect to have any new injury worries after Friday’s win on the south coast, which came courtesy of Bradley Johnson’s 11th goal of the season just after the hour mark at the Amex Stadium.
Even though Sheffield Wednesday don’t harbour hopes of promotion or fears of relegation, Neil is still expecting competitive opposition.
“You do see it in games where they maybe don’t play as well, or their appetite for the game isn’t what it probably should be, but we’ve got to go into the expecting the very best of Sheffield Wednesday,” he added.
“That’s exactly how we’ll approach it - I’ll be expecting the very best of us.
“All I can ask is for everything they’ve got in terms of them trying to do their very best. We’ve got six games now, and we’ve got to go and try to win all six. Like I said to the players, Brighton was step one done, we need to move on to the next one now.”
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