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ALEX NEIL: BALL WORK NEEDS TO BE BETTER

15 August 2016

City boss on midweek Bristol City clash

ALEX Neil believes his team will need to be braver on the ball if they want to notch their first home victory of the season against Bristol City on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Neil was left frustrated with the Canaries' work in possession in Saturday's stalemate with Sheffield Wednesday, though he was pleased with how they dug in for a share of the spoils.

Speaking ahead of the midweek clash with the Robins, he said: "Our retention of the ball wasn't as good as it normally is or how it should have been.

"We've got to be more aggressive and get our full-backs higher up the pitch. We're going to have to be brave in terms of the way we play, to risk the ball at certain times to tempt them out.

"It's then about quality once we get further up the pitch. We're fully aware that wasn't good enough in the game against Sheffield Wednesday."

Tuesday's visitors have a 100 per cent record from their opening three matches in all competitions, and Neil thinks they will post a similar threat to Wednesday.

"They've got two effective strikers. They've got Jonathan Kodjia and Tammy Abraham has been a good signing from Chelsea," he added.

"We're going to have to make sure we keep them quiet, and if we do we'd like to think with the quality we've got that we can cause them problems.

"They flood the middle areas and it's about whether we can win that battle and get our full-backs into the game.

"(The first home win) is absolutely crucial. We didn't get it the other day, so hopefully we can get it chalked up on the board tomorrow."

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