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28 April 2017

Scot looking to guide his team to a positive finish to the campaign

ALAN Irvine is in a positive frame of mind as his Norwich City team look to secure back-to-back away wins in the league for the first time this season.

The Canaries impressed in beating Preston North End 3-1 at Deepdale on Easter Monday before following that up with a 2-0 home victory over promoted Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

With just two matches remaining before the campaign ends, Irvine is aiming for consistency to finish the year on a high - starting at Leeds United on Saturday (3pm).

"We had a very good result and performance in our last away game against the team who were top of the home form league since January," he told Norwich City TV.

"Now we're going to the team who are second in the table! Clearly it's a difficult place to go but if we perform at the level we did at Preston there's no reason why we can't get a good result.

"We've had three excellent results in the last four games and we're hoping we can achieve some consistency in the last couple of games. If we can do that, then at least it's a nice end to the season.

"Obviously there's a lot at stake for them so there will be a big crowd there and that big crowd will be something that will help them or become difficult for them if we play well.

"We just need to put in a good performance and hopefully get the result that we want."

Leeds have stuttered in their pursuit of a play-off place, suffering defeats in four of the last six league matches to cede their position in the top six.

Irvine is aware of the challenge they will pose at Elland Road, however, adding: "They've had a very good season overall, they can be pleased with what they've done.

"They've hit a sticky patch at probably the worst moment for them but they're not out of it yet. If they win their remaining two games, it puts pressure on the teams above.

"Chris Wood has scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances. He's a very good player, he scores all of his goals in the same area.

"I have no doubt that they will come out and attack us and be very positive but we've got to make sure we can stand up to that and then use the ball well when we're in possession."

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