Neil: It’s going OK for Norwich, but points tally could be better

Date published: Friday 1st January 2016 3:10

Norwich City: Go into 2016 15th in PL table

Norwich City: Go into 2016 15th in PL table

Norwich manager Alex Neil is relatively happy with where his team are halfway through the Premier League season, but admits he would have preferred a few more points.

The Canaries are currently 15th place with 20 points as they welcome Southampton to Carrow Road on Saturday, halfway to the 40-point mark generally regarded as the benchmark for achieving Premier League safety at the end of the season.

Neil said: “I would like three, four more points on the board.

“Some of the performances earlier in the season maybe merited more points, but we have done OK.

“We could have done better and I am hoping over the next 19 games we can at least replicate that, if not do better than what we have done.”

He added: “I think the fact that we have 20 points means I am aiming to try and get to the 40-point mark and see how quickly we can get there.

“If we can get there quickly then you reassess your goal and I think you are always reassessing your goals with how you are playing.

“I am happy that at the moment we have done OK but I think that is all we have done and I will be looking to improve on that.

“We are coming to terms and learning the fact that we cannot dominate every game, we dominated the positions in games and other matches but I think in recent weeks we have found ways to adapt our game and still be in the game and certainly pose a threat going forward.”

Norwich face Southampton on Saturday who, after beating Arsenal 4-0 on Boxing Day, were beaten 2-1 at West Ham on Monday and Neil believes his side have what it takes to beat them.

Neil said: “We want to win again obviously.

“We have been in good form at home recently – two wins, two draws – which is good, so we will take a little bit of confidence from that.

“Southampton started the season really well and then in recent weeks they have found it a bit more difficult.

“They got a good result at Arsenal so it shows their capability so we want to show that we can play as well as we can and hopefully they don’t play as well as they can.

“If we play as well as we can then it gives us a good opportunity in the game.

“They are a powerful team with big, strong, quick players and we are going to have to make sure we are able to match that if we want to get something out of the game.”

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