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WATFORD v CITY: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

20 February 2015

Neil: We know what's at stake

ALEX Neil is expecting a ‘fiercely contested’ game when his Norwich City team visit Watford on Saturday (3pm).

The two sides are separated by three points and just one position in the Sky Bet Championship, with both targeting at least a spot in the playoffs come the end of the campaign.

While the Canaries have racked up three victories on the spin, Watford are on a fine run of their own having won five of their last six, scoring 19 goals in the process.

“If we win it, it will put us right back in contention. If they win, it pushes them further up the league and makes them more difficult to catch,” Neil told Norwich City TV ahead of the match.


“It’s a really important game – we know what’s at stake, but we’ll be approaching it in the same way we have in the last three or four matches, and hopefully we can play well enough on the day.

“It’s going to be fiercely contested. They’ll be desperate to win the game, as we are.”

Neil was pleased with how his team maintained their high levels against Wolves, and is demanding a similar effort from his players at Vicarage Road.

“In other games we’ve played well for 60-65 minutes and been well on top, but then we took our foot off the gas a little bit and it cost us a couple of times,” he said.
 



“That was something we really discussed in depth, to make sure we limited it, particularly against the better teams. It was pleasing to see that reaction on Saturday, so we’ll be looking for more of the same.

“We’re confident, we know exactly what we’re looking to do, and hopefully we can carry it out well enough. If we play well on the day, we’ve got a good chance of winning the game.”

City’s boss has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Hertfordshire, with Martin Olsson expected to be passed fit after limping off towards the end of the Wolves win.


Graham Dorrans is eligible to make his Club debut, with Neil adding: “We tried to get him before the window closed, but it didn’t happen. Thankfully we’ve got him in now.

“He just adds another attacking option for us. He’s a very versatile player and he’s obviously got Premier League pedigree.”

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