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ALEX NEIL: A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

4 December 2015

City take on the Hornets this weekend

ALEX Neil thinks his Norwich City team stand a good chance of getting a positive result at Watford this Saturday (3pm).

The Canaries have won one in nine in the Premier League, but an improved series of showings culminated in them holding Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road last weekend.

Watford were promoted alongside Neil's side last season and after successive matches against the Gunners and Chelsea, he is looking forward to going up against the Hornets.

"The performances haven't been reflected in the points that we've got, but ultimately it's about us making sure that we get the points," assessed Neil when speaking to Norwich City TV.

"This is a great opportunity for us to do that. We're coming into a run of fixtures, so we need to make sure that we're highly competitive.

"We're looking to try to win the game, as we are every week, but I think against the likes of Watford, the possibility of winning the game is much higher.

"We want to approach the game in that fashion and hopefully we can come away with the points."



Quique Sanchez Flores' team have five victories since returning to the top flight, including last Saturday's 3-2 triumph at basement club Aston Villa.

Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney each scored on that occasion, and Neil pinpointed their partnership as the main threat to the Canaries.

"Watford have scored 15 goals this season, and most of them have come from their front two," he said.

"It's a different challenge (facing two strikers) - in years gone by, it was the norm but I think the game has changed. If you've got a front two, you need to adjust the rest of your team to make space for them."

Neil guided City to a convincing 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road in their February Sky Bet Championship promotion battle, but he insists that result will have no bearing come Saturday.

"The system which they played then is completely different to what they play now. This is another game and we need to make sure we're up for the challenge," he added.

"We know the threat that they pose, and we'll make sure that we're set up to combat that, but also to have a threat going the other way.

"In recent weeks, we've been gradually improving. On Sunday, we put a really good performance in.

"Every game we play is going to be an opportunity for us to put points on the board to get as far away from the bottom of the table as we can."



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