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29 August 2015

Boss looks ahead to Southampton trip

ALEX Neil is looking to ensure Norwich City carry on their promising early season form against Southampton on Sunday (1.30pm).

The Canaries have impressed in each of their three league matches so far, and were denied a win in their last outing against Stoke City after an inspired goalkeeping display by Jack Butland.

Their hosts at the weekend have had to deal with a fast turnaround after the disappointment of their Europa League exit to FC Midtjylland on Thursday, and Ronald Koeman’s side are yet to win in the Premier League this season.

“I think every game is a chance to go and get some points. It’s about how we attack it and how we approach it,” Neil told Norwich City TV in the lead up to the game.

“We’ll be ready for the challenge; we’re playing well at the moment ourselves so hopefully we can continue that.

“Everybody’s made a lot of our away record and the fact that they haven’t picked up a win yet so far, so it should be an interesting match.”

Despite a slow start to the current campaign, Neil is still wary of the threat posed by a Saints team who shone last season to finish seventh in Koeman’s first year at the helm.

“They’re a good team. They’re established in the Premier League and they had a really good season last year. Hopefully we can go and compete really well and bring back the points,” he added.

“It’s going to be a tough game. Obviously they had the Europa League on Thursday, which will hopefully go in our favour.

“It’s about getting the balance between making sure that you’re creating enough chances to give you an opportunity to win the game, and making sure you’re not exposed at the back.

“We’ve got that balance pretty well at the moment. If we can take more of our chances, it will help us, and if we can defend set-pieces a bit better, then that will certainly help too.”

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