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30 October 2015

City boss previews Saturday's game

ALEX Neil isn't daunted by Manchester City's flying form ahead of his team's trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

The Premier League pacesetters have scored 16 goals in their last three domestic matches on home turf after the 5-1 thumping of Crystal Palace in midweek.

Speaking to Norwich City TV, Canaries boss Neil highlighted the success of another team in this fixture earlier in the campaign to indicate what could be achieved.

"West Ham went there and managed to get something, so there's no reason why we can't go and be competitive," he said on Friday.

"We need to have a plan to get something out of the game even though we know it's going to be tough.

"We struck that balance well when we went to Liverpool. That was the game from this season that will be most like this one.

"Hopefully we can cause them some problems but also make sure that we're defensively sound."

Neil was encouraged by the performance of his players in Tuesday's Capital One Cup game at Everton, even though they were eventually eliminated on penalties.

Looking back on their start to life in the top tier after ten games, he reinforced the point about City's overall points tally not reflecting their performances in the majority of matches played.

"We should have more points on the board than what we've got, but it's up to us to make that count on the day," he explained.

"Unfortunately for us, there is probably about four or five points that we should have had that we haven't got and we need to try and make them up, so this next batch of games is going to be really important for us.

"There's nothing worse than coming away saying that you played well, but you didn't win. That seems to be the story from the last three or four matches.

"We need to shake that off and get back to the point where we're playing well but picking up points and winning games."


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