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ALEX NEIL: AN EXCELLENT WAY TO PREPARE

2 May 2015

City to face Ipswich Town in the play-offs

ALEX Neil was thoroughly satisfied with the efforts of his Norwich City side after they ended their regular Sky Bet Championship campaign with a 4-2 victory over Fulham at Carrow Road.

Having not beaten their opponents since 1986, the Canaries produced a highly-efficient display which served as a precursor to their play-off challenge.

Victory ensured a third-placed league finish for the hosts, and after the game Neil told Norwich City TV: "We wanted to make sure we didn't finish with a whimper because today was our preparation for the play-offs.

"It's important we took momentum into those games, so it was a good way to end our season. We've amassed 85 points, which in previous years would have got you an automatic spot.

"Ultimately, this season it wasn't enough, so we find ourselves in the play-offs. There’s no point patting ourselves on the back for getting third, because you don't get to the Premier League for that.

"We've got to make sure we get ourselves to Wembley."



City's result, combined with others across the country, helped set up an enthralling play-off semi-final clash with local rivals Ipswich Town, with the first leg taking place at Portman Road next Saturday.

The two sides haven't met in major competition outside of a regular league campaign since the 1985 Milk Cup, with Neil commenting: "I’ve been told this will be the biggest derby between Norwich and Ipswich, and these are the games you want to be involved in.

"We’re really looking forward to it, and we’ll get ourselves fully prepared. It definitely adds something, an extra spice, because the fans are desperate to get one over their rivals which makes it an emotional occasion.

"We know exactly what it means to everyone, and it means a hell of a lot to myself and the players as well. Ultimately, we've got to rise to the challenge and get ourselves past Ipswich to make the Final."

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