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STEVEN WHITTAKER: WE'RE LOOKING UP

14 February 2015

City defender wants to build on winning run

STEVEN Whittaker believes Norwich City's 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday illustrates the growing influence of manager Alex Neil.

The Canaries have taken 16 points out of a possible 21 under the former Hamilton Academical boss, helping to breathe new lift into their pursuit of Premier League football.

Their latest success came courtesy of goals from Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban in an assured display, and after the game Whittaker told Norwich City TV: "I think with our play in the first half we thoroughly deserved the 1-0 lead.

"They built up a bit of pressure in the second half but we managed to get that second goal which made it comfortable for ourselves. Everyone all over the park was pressing a lot higher, and we were winning the ball back in their half which allowed us to go and attack, so everyone has to be given credit for that.

"Obviously we've done a lot of work on the training ground, and we said in the changing room you can see that work coming games now. We're taking on board what he's saying and as a unit we've been great since he's come in.

"It's getting better game by game."



Victory over Kenny Jackett's side lifted City back into the top six of the Sky Bet Championship with 15 games of the regular season remaining, after rivals Brentford lost 3-0 at Charlton.

The Scottish international has no doubts the Canaries can mantain their promotion bid for the remaininder of the campaign, commenting: "We were always confident we would get there eventually.

"We've had a great run recently and we look like we're going to challenge. There's a good mood in the camp and confidence is high so hopefully we can keep this run going.

"With clean sheets the defence tend to get all the credit, but it’s the whole eleven working as a unit to close down space and get in people’s faces. Everyone needs credit for that.

 "We’re looking forward, and looking up."

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