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17 October 2016

Canaries seeking first Craven Cottage win since 1986

NORWICH City manager Alex Neil wants his side to make the most of Fulham's recent struggles on their own turf when they travel to London in the the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night (7:45pm).

Slavisa Jokanovic's men have lost their last three league matches at Craven Cottage, and are without a win there since defeating Newcastle United in their opening game of the season.

"Their away form is certainly better having picked up 12 points away as opposed to only five at home," Neil told Norwich City TV on Monday morning.

"We want to make sure we capitalise on that. We need to go there and keep the crowd quiet by putting them on the back-foot and imposing our style upon them.

"They've got one of the highest possession levels in the league, so they like to keep the ball. Defensively there are frailties there which we can try to exploit.

"The first goal is always crucial, but it seems to be the case even more so with them."

City head to the capital fresh from a 3-1 win over Rotherham United on Saturday, a result which lifted them to the top of the division in the process.

Their options are bolstered by the return to full fitness of Robbie Brady following concussion, with Neil not ruling out changes to his XI in his search of a third straight league win.

"You've got to take each game on merit," he added.

"Every game is different so we'll look at the qualities and frailties that Fulham have. We'll need to exploit those frailties and make sure we're defensively solid.

"The boys did well on Saturday as it was important there were no slip-ups, especially at home. We want to keep this run going so we need to make sure our attention has now turned to this game.

"The lads are enjoying their football at the moment and we want that to continue."

City's record at Fulham is less than impressive, having not emerged victorious away to the Whites since January 1986 - over 30 years ago.

However, having already ended similar runs at Everton and Wolves this season, Neil believes his team are fully capable of taking all three points back to Norfolk. 

"It's been a common theme since I came here," the City boss explained.

"We seemed to have a poor record at a few places. With good performances and results we've put a lot of those to bed.

"Hopefully this can be another one."

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