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4 November 2016

Boss demands reaction against Leeds on Saturday

CITY must 'fight for every ball' to get their campaign back on track with a result against Leeds United, says manager Alex Neil.

The Scot revealed that he implemented a change from the normal routine at Colney this week in the wake of last weekend's humiliating 5-0 reverse at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Now he says that the players must draw on their professional pride to react positively when hosting Garry Monk's United at Carrow Road on Saturday.

"To be honest, we've just got to get back to the basics of fighting for every single ball and making sure we're competitive in every minute of every game," Neil told Norwich City TV.

"We've had a different approach this week in terms of speaking to the players and things like that. When something like that happens, it provokes actions and discussions within the confines of Colney.

"The one thing we've got to focus on is that it's three points that we've lost. The manner has obviously caused a reaction, and what we've got to do is react on the back of that.

"The players know what's required of them. We've got to make sure we go and show everybody what we're about."

The Sky Bet Championship will break for two weeks after this round of games and Neil is placing a high value on victory, adding: "The fact that we haven't picked three points up in the last league games means that these become a crucial three points for us.

"We're still fourth in the league; if we win this game, you'd like to think that we can then get back on track.

"It's been two weeks out of the season where we've done poorly, but what we can't do is afford to be comfortable. In football, that's probably the worst thing you can do.

"What I'm hoping for is that we're going to be high energy, we're going to be in their faces and we'll try to force our style and hope that we can win the game."

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