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14 February 2015

Boss on 2-0 triumph over Wolves

ALEX Neil says he’s seeing improvements every week in his Norwich City team.

The Canaries’ manager was addressing the media after Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win over playoff rivals Wolves.

Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban goals secured the points at Carrow Road that lifted City into the top six in the Sky Bet Championship, and Neil was full of praise for his charges.

“I’m really proud of them, I thought they were fantastic,” he told Norwich City TV.

“I thought we were dominant throughout the 90 minutes and comfortable at the back. The balance between attacking and defending was very good.

“I think the most pleasing thing for me was how hard the players worked. You’ve seen their hunger and desire. I thought they gave absolutely everything and that’s all you can ask from your team.

“We’ve won five in seven, which is good form, and the most pleasing thing for me is that performances have improved. If we can perform like that, then there are no reasons why we can’t continue to win more games.”

City have won five in seven since Neil’s appointment in early January, but are now in the midst of a challenging run with a trip to fifth-placed Watford next weekend.

He is happy with the overall progress achieved, but knows that the job is by no means done.

“When I came in, we were chasing our tails a wee bit. We were outside the playoffs so we were trying to play catch up all the time. At the end of the day, that was the job that I knew I was taking on,” he said.

“I was confident I would get the team playing in a fashion that would mean we would win games, and push us higher up the league. We’ve managed to do that, but there’s a long, long way to go.”

Neil stated that getting a consistent ‘spine’ to his team has made a difference, adding: “The way my teams play is that they’ll be structured, they’ll know what their tasks are, and if they do them properly, with how good players I’ve got, we should have that balance.

“I’ve tried to get the spine of my team right, and if you look at my back four, we’ve managed to name them in the last few matches and as a four, they’re working a lot better together.

“That will only improve the more they play together.”

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