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5 February 2016

"We'll be fully prepared," says City boss

ALEX Neil says the Tottenham Hotspur loss was quickly put to bed in order to prepare for the pivotal meeting with Aston Villa on Saturday (3pm).

City are ten points ahead of this weekend's hosts in the table, but are in need of a positive result at Villa Park after a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats.

Neil believes his team are keen to 'do the job' after being second best against Spurs at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, going down 3-0.

He told Norwich City TV: "The Tottenham game is done now and we need to move on. We understand the importance of this one.

"We've got to go and win the game. It's about putting a line-up out that's good enough to do the job of going to win the match."

Remi Garde's Villa have triumphed only twice in the top flight this season and are rooted to the bottom of the division on 13 points.

"They've found it tough. They've let a lot of goals in, but of late they have got better," Neil added.

"They're now playing where they've got no fear. They've got nothing to lose now, they can throw caution to the wind. Basically they've got to win games, that's all that will do for them now.

"We find ourselves in a situation though where we've got to win this game, so it should mean for an interesting match."

Neil wants his players to rise to the occasion in a vital game, commenting: "You've got to show a bit of character and try even harder to do what's required to win these crucial matches.

"We'll be fully prepared and ready to go and do the job."

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