City boss previews Capital One Cup tie

ALEX Neil says he’s likely to make some alternations to his team for Tuesday’s cup clash with Everton – but he told supporters not to expect wholesale changes at Goodison Park (7.45pm).

City come up against the Toffees with a spot in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup up for grabs.

On the back of three losses on the trot, Neil says the game represents an opportunity for all the players in his squad ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Manchester City.

“In recent weeks in terms of results, they haven’t been as good as we’d hope or expect," he said.

“Some of the other lads will get an opportunity and hopefully stake a claim, and then we can see what happens from there.

“I don’t think we will make total changes. With the guys you’re putting into the team, you don’t want to be putting them into a bit-part team. You’ve got to give them a fair opportunity.

“They’ll be in and around guys who have been playing for us, and hopefully they’ll put in a good performance.”

City's manager stressed the importance of putting his team’s slide in form behind them if they are to progress on both fronts in cup and league.

“Obviously when you don’t win games, you’re not bubbling with confidence. What we’ve got to do is put the games to bed and focus on the next one,” he told reporters at Colney.

“Going back to the ones that have happened and dwelling on them isn’t going to help us. We want to see a bit of passion and a bit of pride to make sure that we go and do as well as we possibly can, and hopefully win.

“The one thing I will say is that it’s not been the case for the full season. We’ve got through a sticky spell in terms of results and performances over the last three matches, but up until that we were doing well.

“We were competing well, we were scoring goals, so it’s not as if it’s been an ongoing trend since the start of the season, but we need to make sure that we buck that trend quickly.”

Neil revealed that Dieumerci Mbokani (illness) is a doubt for Tuesday’s game, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of Youssouf Mulumbu (foot) making his full Canaries debut after over two months out.

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