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24 October 2016

City face Leeds United at Elland Road on Tuesday

CITY manager Alex Neil doesn't want his side's EFL Cup campaign to come to an end any time soon.

The Canaries face Leeds United at Elland Road on Tuesday night, with a place in the quarter-finals of the competition at stake.

Neil told the media on Monday: "The one thing I've made clear from day one is that if you're asking me what's the priority, the league is the priority.

"However, the cup is important to us. You've seen the teams that I've put out, we went to Everton and managed to win the game 2-0.

"The team that I will put out will be more than capable of winning the game if they perform well. I'm not going up there with an under-strength team by any means.

"We're going up there to try to win the game, and then we've got an important game at the weekend as well.

Leeds beat Fleetwood Town, Luton Town and Blackburn Rovers to reach this stage of the rebranded trophy, and Neil thinks his former Barnsley teammate Garry Monk is doing a good job in the early stages of his reign.

"If you look at the club - Steve (Evans) went in last season and steadied the ship, and then he left at the end of the season," Neil added.

"It's been quite a common feature for that Club to turn over managers, and I think the one thing that they need is a bit of stability.

"Garry will certainly bring out the best in them. He showed how good a coach he is at Swansea, and he's certainly making them better as their results have proven."

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