Neil: We know what’s at stake

ALEX Neil is confident Norwich City can perform against a resurgent Nottingham Forest when the two sides meet at Carrow Road this Saturday (3pm).

After setting the pace at the beginning of the season, Forest slumped to mid-table but have clung on to aspirations of reaching the playoffs after an upturn in form since Dougie Freedman’s appointment as manager.

City are now five points off the top two in the Sky Bet Championship following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town, but Neil insists that they’re not dwelling on that result.

“We need to move on. We’ve done that after the games we’ve won and done well in though, so it doesn’t change really,” he told Norwich City TV on Friday.

“We go into it (this weekend) in a positive frame of mind and hoping to play as well as we can. If we can do that, we’ve got more than enough to win the game.

“Forest come here in good form and I think they’re a good side. They’ve got power and pace, but so had other teams that came here. Wolves were in good form and they had power and pace, and we dealt with that. Hopefully we can put as good a performance on in this game.”

Neil has no fresh injury concerns leading into the match, City’s final one before the fortnight’s break for internationals.

The Canaries’ manager isn’t placing any extra significance on this fixture, preferring to mark each game as equal in the chase for promotion.

“It’s just as important as the other games that we’ve been playing. The importance of the games has not been lost on us though; we know exactly what’s at stake.

“It’s the end product that really matters. I will take a 1-0 win and for us to be really poor over a really good performance but a draw. That’s the stage of the season we’re at.

“The prize is that big that we need to ensure we go and force home that dominance we’re having in certain games. Saturday is crucial for us and we need to make sure we approach it in the right manner.

“I’m a big believer in that if you performances are good enough over the course of the season, you’ll get what you deserve. Hopefully performance-wise it will be good, then there’s no reason why we can’t go on and get the three points.”

Nottingham Forest, Saturday March 21, 3pm


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