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21 October 2016

Boss expecting a 'difficult' test on Saturday

CITY's firepower in front of goal is by design and not luck, manager Alex Neil has said ahead of his side's contest with Preston North End on Saturday (3pm).

The Canaries have had no trouble finding the net in recent weeks, scoring two times or more in each of their last nine matches in all competitions.

In conversation with Norwich City TV on Friday, Neil said: "We've definitely got goals is us. I think that was the one concern that probably everyone had.

"Everybody was talking about centre-forwards, but I think with our style and how we play, the goals will come from a variety of sources as we've already shown this season.

"Cameron (Jerome) has been in great form for us in terms of performance and goal-getting, so going forward is certainly a strength of ours."

City kept their place in the top two of the Sky Bet Championship thanks to Preston in midweek, with Simon Grayson's men beating Huddersfield Town 3-1 at Deepdale on Wednesday.

The Lilywhites' form has steadily improved after a slow start to the campaign, and Neil outlined their threats.

"It will be a difficult match. Alan (Irvine) went up and watched them versus Huddersfield, and they were very good," he said.

"They press the ball, they'll get after you, they're direct in their play, so they're not too dissimilar to Rotherham in terms of how they go about their work, but they have a bit more intensity.

"What they have got is some mobile, young, hungry players and certainly some of the results they've put together this season have been good.

"Every game is different. We'll have our style of play in terms of how we go about things, which won't significantly change, but we'll look at personnel to see who is best suited for the game and then hopefully we can go out and put a good performance in."

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