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23 December 2015

City boss looks ahead to Spurs test

ALEX Neil hopes Norwich City can carry momentum from last Saturday's famous win over Manchester United when they return to action on Boxing Day.

Neil's Canaries make the trip to White Hart Lane to take on Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur in the traditional festive fixture (3pm).

Speaking to Norwich City TV in the build up to the game, Neil spoke of his delight at how his players finally got their reward for their level of performance at Old Trafford.

"We're pleased because we've been wanting to win games recently but it's not been going our way." he said.

"We've managed to be in games where we could have possibly won them, but we didn't manage to get across the line so it was really pleasing to go to that type of place and pick up the three points.

"I think we needed it. We've put in some good performances throughout the season and didn't get our rewards, and we needed to get one of those over the line."

Neil is adamant that last Saturday's result will stand for little if his team fails to add to their tally in the coming weeks, adding: "The most important thing now is to build on that and try to add some more points.

"It's crucial. That's what it's all about in the Premier League; when you're performing well, you're making sure that you're picking up maximum reward.

"When you go away from home, most of the games are pretty similar. It's about making sure that when Tottenham have got it, we work hard and we're nice and organised, and when we've got the ball we've got to show quality and make sure that we break with pace."

Spurs striker Harry Kane has continued his fine form from his breakthrough season last year as he leads the club's goalscoring charts with eleven strikes this term.

The England frontman had an injury-disrupted loan spell at Carrow Road during the 2012-13 campaign, and Neil commented: "He's a good quality player.

"He's certainly somebody we'll need to look out for, but as other defences have proved earlier in the season, you can stop him if you defend well enough."

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