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6 November 2015

City boss previews Saturday's game

ALEX Neil is prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure Norwich City climb the Barclays Premier League table.

His Canaries team are winless in six top flight matches after a promising start that saw them accumulate seven points from their first five games.

Neil was addressing Norwich City TV ahead of the visit of Swansea City to Carrow Road on Saturday (3pm).

"We've got to try and find ways of winning games. Playing philosophy and how you want to go about it is all fine and well, but winning games is the most important thing," he said.

"It's about making sure we get those points on the board, and we need to find a way of doing that.

"I've got the flexibility in terms of players. Systems don't mean a great deal to me, I'm happy to fluctuate from one system to the next.

"It's maybe something we're going to have to alter to a certain extent to get the best in terms of points over performances."

With City's opponents also struggling to pick up positive results at this stage of the season, there will be a high premium on the points up for grabs this weekend.

Neil believes that a slight change in culture in the Premier League has cost both teams, adding: "A lot of counter-attacking teams are doing particularly well. Football has shifted to a certain extent in terms of the way it's played.

"Most of the offensive teams - Swansea, ourselves, Bournemouth - those who try and be expansive, are finding it a bit tougher this year.

"It's something that I've studied and looked at, so I might have to alter bits here and there."

City's manager was a teammate of Garry Monk at Barnsley over a decade ago, and he praised the former defender's achievements as boss at the Liberty Stadium.

"It was a long time ago now, but I know Gaz well. I had a chat with him on a couple of occasions last year regarding players," he revealed.

"He's done fantastically well but they're going through a sticky spell as well at the moment, so it will be two teams desperate to get points on the board."

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