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10 February 2017

Manager looks ahead to Saturday's game

ALEX Neil wants to combat Nottingham Forest's youthful enthusiasm with quality in Saturday's clash at Carrow Road (3pm).

Forest have improved since Gary Brazil took over from Philippe Montanier in January, with his appointment to the end of the current season confirmed on Thursday.

The Canaries, however, will be looking to extend their good home form by picking up three points this weekend.

"Gary's taken over and he's played a lot of the younger lads there, given them an opportunity," Neil told Norwich City TV on Friday.

"I think when you go in with a freshness, you haven't got a lot to lose. They're going out, playing and enjoying their football.

"Equally for us, we know how important this game is. We're in good form at the moment and we need to continue that.

"They'll play the way they do, and it's about us performing the way we can because that will ultimately decide the match."

City are in the middle of an intense period of Sky Bet Championship action having collected four points from back-to-back away games against Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic.

Neil added: "Based on the games, I thought we deserved and would have preferred six. However, it's been a big improvement on the games leading up to that point.

"There's definitely been a turning point in terms of quality of performance and deserving of wins: we deserved to win against Wigan, we deserved to win against Cardiff.

"We only won one of those games but it's pleasing that we came away thinking we should have won both of them."

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