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HUDDERSFIELD v CITY: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

16 March 2015

Manager on Terriers tussle

ALEX Neil knows results are now the absolute priority for his Norwich City team.

With only nine games left of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, City are in the pack hunting promotion to the Premier League.

Neil didn’t find much wrong with his side’s performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Derby County, but speaking ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Huddersfield Town (7.45pm) he admitted that he will take points over praise every time between now and May.

“Although we played relatively well against Derby, the bottom line is that we need to go and beat Huddersfield,” he explained to Norwich City TV.


“If you offer me a 1-0 where we don’t play well, I’d take it because ultimately at this stage, the three points are the most important thing.

“Hopefully we can continue our good form and play well, but when it’s done, I just want to have won the game.”

“We’re playing well and we’re confident, and we’ve got to take that into the game against Huddersfield. If we do that, then we’ll be fine.”

Chris Powell’s Terriers have had patchy results of late, but picked up a credible point at Birmingham City at the weekend and they’re nine points clear of the Championship bottom three.

Neil says his team will be ready for what he thinks will be a tough test at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“That’s the nature of the Championship. Any team looks capable of winning on any given day,” he added.


“They’ve adopted a few different shapes, so we’ll be flexible in terms of how we’ll be able to play. We’ve had a good look at their strengths and weaknesses, so we’ll be fully prepared.

“The response of the squad has been great, they’ve been fully focussed on every game and they’ve put all their efforts into every match

“When I first came, we weren’t in this race. We were fighting to stay in the playoffs, but at the moment we’re in the race for the top two. That’s where we wanted to be, we’ve got ourselves into a good position, and now we need to make sure we go and kick on.”

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