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13 April 2015

Neil looking for maximum points haul

ALEX Neil is targeting an unblemished record to finish Norwich City’s season – starting on Tuesday at Leeds United (7.45pm).

Only two points separate the top four teams in the Sky Bet Championship after each earned victories at the weekend, including the Canaries with their late 2-1 triumph at Bolton Wanderers.

Neil’s men have won their last four matches to haul themselves inside the top two, and now he is challenging his charges to repeat that run.

“Whether it takes that or not (to get promoted), it remains to be seen but I think certainly going forward, that’s our approach,” said City’s boss ahead of the midweek trip to Elland Road.

“We want to win every game – we’ve won the last four in a row, which has been great. We’ve got four games left so we need to continue that momentum, and if we do that I believe we’ll be where we want to be.

“I think the significance of the game for us as a group is crucial. We’ve got good momentum at the moment, we’ve got big belief and we’ve got to go there and make sure we put on a good performance.”

They will face Neil Redfearn’s Leeds with no injury concerns after both Lewis Grabban and Elliott Bennett returned to the matchday squad on Saturday, with Grabban featuring as a second half substitute at the Macron Stadium.

“Everybody’s fine, they’ve come through well. Lewis got some time under his belt, which was good. The squad’s fit and we’re ready to go for the game on Tuesday,” added Neil.

“It will be a tough game. I think Leeds is certainly one of those away games where you go to where their fans back them, particularly if they’re playing well.

“We’ll need to make sure that we start at a high tempo, and make sure that we put them on the back foot, try to quieten the crowd and make sure we’re the dominant team.”

He also said the squad and staff are doing everything in their power to make sure the intensity levels behind City’s surge up the table are maintained, adding: “When the games are coming thick and fast, we’ve got to make sure we hit those levels game-in, game-out.

“I don’t think refocussing them, certainly at this stage of the season, is a problem. They’re focussed and they know exactly what they’ve got to do. I think the difficulty is trying to keep that intensity up for such a sustained period of time.

“In between games there’s a fair bit of down time for them where they can relax and try to take their minds off it.”

Middlesbrough, Friday April 17, 7.45pm


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