Neil: Norwich good enough to beat the Premier League drop

Date published: Friday 8th April 2016 5:15

Alex Neil

Norwich City boss Alex Neil believes their “good momentum” can help secure more priceless victories on their way to Premier League safety.

Following a wretched run of only one point from nine matches to plummet down the table, the Canaries have hit form at just the right time to pull clear of the bottom three with back-to-back wins following the goalless draw against Manchester City.

Confidence is high around the Norfolk club after beating relegation rivals Newcastle 3-2 with a dramatic stoppage-time goal from defender Martin Olsson at Carrow Road last weekend.

Norwich could move level with Crystal Palace on 34 points should they pick up another win at Selhurst Park against a team which has been out of form in the league since the turn of the year.

Neil feels the group have shown they can now turn largely-positive performances into all-important results as the games tick by towards May 15.

“We have always been in games we just needed to turn good performances into wins. The team is in a really good place now in terms of the confidence and belief in what they are doing, and in each other as well,” Neil said at a press conference.

“We have good momentum at the moment, a good balance between attacking and defending which is something I’ve been talking about all season and the players are certainly confident in what they are doing right now, but although we have won the last two games, the next two are huge for us.

“We have always believed we have been good enough and can get ourselves out of the situation we are in, you just have to stick to your guns, get through it and try to do your best. We have managed to come through the other end.

“Every game snowballs between now and the end of the season, the matches get bigger and bigger, so the quicker we can get points on the board you release more pressure off the next game.

“If we can win the next two, that would take us to 37 points which is a decent tally and you would like to think most the work could’ve been done, but winning games at this level is not easy.”

Although they have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, Palace have not won at home in the league since December 12.

Neil, though, knows full well the final score does not always tell the story of the 90 minutes.

“There is a lot of games where Palace were in it, they could have taken chances or they made mistakes, and the game at this level is decided by real fine margins at times, and that is what they have found,” the Norwich manager said.

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