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23 December 2016

Boss on Boxing Day head-to-head with Reading

ALEX Neil says City must become more 'resilient' if they are to accumulate points away from Carrow Road this season, starting at Reading on Boxing Day (3pm).

The Canaries have endured an unhappy run of form on the road since beating Wolves at the beginning of October, losing their last four away games in the Sky Bet Championship.

"It's a concern considering how good our away form was the last time we were in the division," Neil told Norwich City TV ahead of his side's festive trip to the Madejski Stadium.

"We need to be more resilient. We've only come back once this season from being a goal down.

"If that happens, we need to make sure that we stick to the gameplan rather than maybe being too gung-ho and it costing us.

"Like I've said before though, I think we're capable of beating any team in the league. If we produce our best, we should be more than a match for Reading."

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is making headlines in his first senior managerial role with the Royals, guiding them to third in the division and six wins in their last eight matches.

Neil added: "They're really expansive. They've controlled possession against pretty much every team in the league so far.

"There are two ways of going about it - you can play them at their own game, or, like a lot of teams have done this year, you can have a good shape and hit them on the counter.

"It's one of those games where we'll have to make sure we're well organised, but also that if and when we can we get after the ball and try and make best use of it when we've got it.

"They're third in the league, they've done well so far but for us it's a game we need to try and win and that's where our priority lies."

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