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CITY v NEWCASTLE: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

1 April 2016

"Hopefully we can do the business."

ALEX Neil is urging his team to take the initiative in the fight for Premier League survival ahead of Saturday's high-stakes clash with Newcastle United (3pm).

City entered the international break on a high after ending their ten-match winless run in the league with a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion, a result that lifted them out of the bottom three.

With seven matches left this season Neil is hoping his side can accumulate the points required sooner rather than later, starting at Carrow Road this weekend.

He told Norwich City TV: "All the games are going to be important, but if you can get your work done early and get as many points on the board then hopefully the games towards the end will have lesser significance.

"It's one of those finely balanced games where I think looking at the table, Newcastle probably need to win the game more than us but it would be an absolutely crucial win if we could go and get it."



Neil admitted that momentum can be vital at this stage of the campaign, and he's looking for the Canaries to carry on from where they left off despite the two-week break for internationals.

"I think it's just a case of same as really. We've picked four points up in our last two games, even though I don't think our performances were much different from games previous to that," he added.

"The only disappointing thing is that the international break came at the wrong time for us, but hopefully we can pick up where we left off and go into the game to do the job.

"Another cleansheet would be a great, but it's also about having that potent threat at the top of the pitch. Our home form in the main has been relatively good, so we're going into the game confident.

"This is a crucial time in the season for us and it's one of those games we really need to try and win, so hopefully we can do the business."

On the struggling Magpies, he said: "I think they'll be really organised, I don't see them being gung-ho. I think they will approach the game with a bit of trepidation, and the first goal will be absolutely crucial."



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