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6 February 2017

Manager gives his view on Wigan test

ALEX Neil wants his team to keep the ball rolling by picking up more Sky Bet Championship points against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Cameron Jerome's first half header versus Cardiff on Saturday resulted in the Canaries picking up their third league win on the spin to move closer to the top six in the division.

Neil knows that the stakes will continue to rise for his side as they enter a vital period in the campaign.

He told Norwich City TV on Monday: "The games are going to snowball from now to the end of the season, they're all going to get bigger and bigger.

"The fact that we've managed to win the last three on the bounce has been good. It's propelled us up the league a bit.

"This next one is huge for us because a win would take us into sixth, and then hopefully from there people can start to believe that we can kick on."

Wigan have struggled on their return to the second tier this season, with Warren Joyce trying to engineer as escape from relegation trouble after replacing Gary Caldwell in November.

Neil added: "I think they've played some good games of late.

"They've found it difficult to score goals; I think they're the lowest scorers in the league.

"But the way in which they play the game, they've got some good players and they moved the ball well. They're not as expansive as they used to be, they're a bit more direct.

"It's going to be a high intensity match. We're hoping that we have more firepower than them and that we go and try and win it."

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