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9 September 2016

City host the Bluebirds this Saturday

ALEX Neil says his team are determined to get back to winning ways against Cardiff City this Saturday (3pm).

City's unbeaten start to the campaign came to a grinding halt with the 3-0 loss at Birmingham City before the international break, but Neil thinks his players will be highly motivated to improve their performance level at Carrow Road.

He told Norwich City TV: "Results-wise we've done ok. Performance-wise, we can get better. Bristol City and Blackburn were the two better performances from us, but other than that we've not performed as well as we'd have liked.

"As a group we're a bit frustrated by that, and we want to put it right and play better. We need to pick up more points. It was a disappointing game, the last one.

"The scoreline and the manner of the defeat was really disappointing for everyone, so we need to make sure we go and put that right. This is an important game for us."

Cardiff have drawn their two league matches on the road before this weekend, and Neil believes that the system the Bluebirds employ will make it a challenge for his own.

Former Canaries coach Paul Trollope took over as manager of the Welsh outfit in the summer following the departure of Russell Slade.

"They play three or five at the back, whatever way you want to look at it," said Neil.

"With that many numbers behind the ball, they will be hard to break down. It's going to have to take some patience from us, the first goal will be crucial.

"If we get that, then it will change their mindset in the game and will open the pitch up for us."

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