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31 March 2017

Interim Head Coach previews Villa Park trip

ALAN Irvine says there's everything to play for in a busy April for Norwich City.

The Canaries visit Aston Villa this weekend in the first of seven matches across the month and interim Head Coach Irvine believes anything is possible as his team look to close the gap further to the top six.

He told Norwich City TV on Friday: "Any team that goes on a really good run throughout April will find themselves improving their position considerably. It's certainly a month where you can make a huge difference.

"The players already believed that we've got enough points to play for to have a chance to get in the play-offs, even though we clearly need other teams to slip up.

"The Championship is a league where it's very difficult to forecast results. All you can do is keep on doing your job and if we win enough games to put pressure on teams above us, then we'll see how they cope with that."

City have struggled for results on the road this season, with their only win of 2017 being the 1-0 victory over Cardiff City in early February.

Irvine says he has been working on methods to make his side more solid defensively ahead of the game against Steve Bruce's in-form Villa, adding: "We've tried to do a lot of work in terms of when we don't have the ball.

"We're a team that scores goals and we've done that effectively throughout the season, so let's see if we can not concede so many goals.

"We have attacking players and I want them to be attacking players. We will play a team that will have the capability of going to score goals at Aston Villa.

"They're the form team in the league. They have the best record over the last six games. It's a really difficult challenge, it looks like the players they've brought in January have settled in."

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