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3 February 2017

Boss readies his team for physical test

ALEX Neil says his Canaries team will have to match up to Cardiff City's physicality on Saturday (3pm).

City head to South Wales looking to secure their third league victory in a row to further boost their hopes of making the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

A win would also end a barren run away from home, with City's last win on the road coming against Wolverhampton Wanderers on October 1 last year.

Assessing Neil Warnock's Bluebirds, Neil said: "I think they're physical, I think they're direct.

"If you don't stand up to them and match them for effort and fight, you're going to find that a difficult afternoon."

Neil says he's fully aware that City need to pick up more points on their travels, but he's drawn encouragement from recent results.

Last weekend's 2-0 victory over Birmingham City meant Neil's side have now lost only one of their previous five league matches.

"When you're maybe not playing so well, away form stands out even more. We need to make sure we pick up points on the road," he added.

"Performances have improved. The Brentford game, where we drew 0-0, we really should have won comfortably.

"That was a bit of turning point for us. We had the sending off at Rotherham which knocked us back at bit, but the last two home performances have been good.

"We deserved to win the games and we created a lot of chances. The squad's in a good place, I think we've got players back on form, which is important."

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