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1 February 2016

City boss looks ahead to Spurs clash

ALEX Neil is targeting a more balanced display when his City side host Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

The Canaries ended up losing a nine-goal thriller to Liverpool last time out as their defensive frailties ultimately cost them despite a promising attacking performance that involved Steven Naismith netting on his debut.

As he readies his team for their test against an in-form Spurs, Neil says that he still wants them to implement a possession-based approach - but also to ensure they are 'well-drilled' all over the field.

He told Norwich City TV: "If you give good teams the ball back, they will hurt you so basically we need to make sure our retention of the ball is good.

"When we're going forward, we need to cause them as many problems as we can.

"It's about getting back to basics really though: making sure that we're well-drilled and that it comes as second nature to them."

Tottenham haven't lost a league match on the road since being defeated 1-0 by Manchester United on the opening day of the campaign.

They enter this match only five points off the Premier League summit, and Neil believes Tuesday's opponents at Carrow Road have the potential to challenge at the very top.

"When we played them at their place, they have been one of the most impressive teams we have played against so far," he said.

"If they can stay clear of injuries and suspensions there are no reasons why they won't be up there."

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