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22 September 2015

City face West Brom in the Capital One Cup

CITY boss Alex Neil says Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion represents a good opportunity for other members of his playing squad to get up to speed.

Tony Pulis' team visit for the Third Round clash after edging out Port Vale on penalties last month on the night that the Canaries beat Rotherham United 2-1 at the New York Stadium.

Neil's belief is that any success for his side is down to the whole group contributing, commenting ahead of the game: "I've always said that it's about the squad. It's not just about the eleven guys.

"I need to make sure that the other guys are ready to play, to ensure they've got enough minutes under their belts so they can come in and compete.

"We'll give some of the guys a chance to see what they can do."

While confirming that City's Premier League fixtures are of greater importance, Neil says he is still targeting progression into the last 16 of the domestic cup.

"You always want to win games, regardless of what competition you're playing in, but I'd be lying if I said that it holds as much regard as the Premier League does for us," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"Premier League games are the most important ones for us this season. With the fact that we've just come up, it's absolutely crucial that we stay in this league.

"That's our ultimate priority, however with the League Cup - any game we play in, we want to win. We'll be going to make sure we do that."

West Brom head into the contest on the back of a 1-0 West Midlands derby victory over Aston Villa, and having not conceded a goal on their travels yet this season.

City's manager believes Pulis will have more flexibility with his squad due to the weekend's fixture arrangements, adding: "The one difference between us and West Brom is that their game is not until the Monday.

"They're more likely to play guys who have been featuring all the time recently, because they've got a couple of days more recovery than us.

"It will certainly play a part in my thinking for the game, if we had a couple of extra days recovery."

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