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8 April 2016

City boss targeting extension of form against Palace

TWO wins in a row might have given City a shot in the arm in the survival race - but Alex Neil's focus is now on exploiting the advantage gained.

The Canaries travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday (3pm) knowing a victory would draw them level on points with their hosts in the Premier League table.

Neil's side are one of only four in the division to have won their last two matches, and even though he is happy with the stability in the team he insists that recent form is only a platform to build upon.

Martin Olsson's last-gasp winner settled a pulsating game in City's favour against Newcastle United last time out - a display that earned the League Managers' Association LG Performance of the Week award.

"We're at the crucial stage of the season and the run we've had in the last three games couldn't have come at a better time for us," he told Norwich City TV on Friday.

"We've found a good balance now between attacking and defending, that's something I've been speaking about throughout the season. I think we're at a stage now where we're relatively comfortable with our game and everybody is enjoying it.

"But all we've done really is give ourselves a good opportunity to get ourselves out of the situation we were in.

"These next two games in particular are ones where we really need to force that home."

Palace last picked up three points in the league on December 19, a 2-1 win at Stoke City that placed them level with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur at the time.

Their run of results since, however, has seen them plummet down the table and Neil says the Eagles will be dragged into the relegation fight if City come away triumphant.

"If we win the game, then they're level on points with us," added the Canaries' boss. "I know they've got a game in hand but when you've gone 14 matches without a win, then searching for that win becomes more and more difficult.

"They've got pace, they want to get the ball wide and then in the box. It's very direct and very simple, but can be effective if you don't defend against it well enough.

"It's up to us to go there and play as well as we can, and hopefully we can come out of the game with something - if it's three points then that will be fantastic."

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