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CITY v WOLVES: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

13 February 2015

Neil: A defining moment

ALEX Neil says this Saturday’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers (3pm) holds significance for both sides in the chase for a top-six place in the Sky Bet Championship.

City head into the match in seventh position, one place away from the play-off spots and just ahead of their opponents, who are two points behind.

Both teams are in decent form leading up to the contest, and Neil didn’t downplay its importance.

“I think at times you get defining moments in seasons, and this game on Saturday is going to be a defining moment for us and probably for Wolves as well,” he admitted in conversation with Norwich City TV.


“It’s one of those games where we can force our way, hopefully, into the top six and make sure that we’re fighting for those play-offs places. If we lose, then it’s going to be a tough task.

“I think you’ve got to build a bit of momentum. The last thing you want to do is have a good performance, a good win, but then go flat the next week and not pick up another three points. I think the Charlton win sets the game up against Wolves perfectly.”

Neil delivered his latest injury bulletin, and revealed that none of the players absent from the midweek win at the Valley are likely to be fit for the weekend, although Ryan Bennett is expected to join up with the squad for full training next week.

With regards to selection, he says he’s happy to have difficult decisions to make with a number of players in form, especially in attacking areas.

“That’s what you want as a manager. You want all your forward players playing well, being on from and scoring goals,” he added.


“At the moment we’ve got that. It’s really pleasing, and I’ve got to make sure I’ve got the right combination to carry an attacking threat, as we have done the last couple of games.

“The sole focus is to go and win the match. We’re not going for a draw and we’re not going to sit in, we’ll play the way we play and we’ll go and get at Wolves and hopefully cause them as many problems as we can.”

On Wolves, he commented: “Kenny Jackett’s done fantastic. He’s been there for a couple of years now, which is great because it lets him build continuity within the squad.

“They’re a group that’s been together for a couple of years, so it’s always easier to work when you’ve had that and I think they’re seeing the benefits of that now.”

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