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11 December 2015

City boss previews Everton game

NORWICH City will focus on their strengths when they go head-to-head with Everton on Saturday, according to manager Alex Neil.

The Canaries are looking to improve after one win in ten league matches, with Roberto Martinez's Toffees the visitors to Carrow Road for the televised early kick-off (12.45pm).

Speaking to Norwich City TV ahead of the game, Neil hinted that his approach could alter once again after last weekend's loss at Watford.

"Getting back to what we're good at, that's basically what we need to do. When you change anything and you look at how your team play, it's got to make you better," he said.

"I don't think it has. We need to get back to what we believe is our strength, and go and try and win as many games as we can.

"To be offensive, you've got to have the ball. We need to get it, and get it back, as well as we can and then we need to believe in ourselves and go and play.

"Hopefully it will be much better than it was on Saturday (against Watford)."

Everton have hit the net in each of their last six league matches, and Neil offered his thoughts on how he thinks their expansive style will influence the game.

"I think it makes the game open and exciting. What it really depends on is 'can we defend well enough as a group, and have we got enough quality at the top end of the pitch?'

"They've been on a good run this season so it's going to be a tough game for us, but if we perform how we can then there's no reason why we can't get something."

Home form has been solid for Neil's team, with the 1-1 draw last time out at Carrow Road against Arsenal coming after victory over Swansea City.

City's boss is keen for more however, adding: "I still think we want to improve. We would like to be in a better position, and the only way we can achieve that is playing better and winning games.

"The message is simple this week. We want to see passion and we want to see how much it means to everybody."

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