Alex Neil: We can handle hype

Alex Neil insists Norwich thrive in high-pressure situations and can turn the intensity of today’s Premier League relegation battle with Sunderland to their advantage.

Norwich boss Neil has told his players to embrace all the scrutiny and hype around the Carrow Road clash, where victory would leave the Canaries favourites to beat the drop.

A win would send Norwich seven points clear of Sunderland, a margin Neil admits would be “a really great position” despite the Black Cats’ game-in-hand.

“It’s a huge advantage we’re playing at home, our form at home has been better than away from home, as you’d expect for a team at the bottom end of the table,” said Neil.

“I’ve told the players ‘go and enjoy the game, this is what we play for, this is why we’re involved in big games’.

“We’ve been involved in high-pressure situations quite a lot of times since I’ve been here and you’ve got to enjoy it and go and show everybody what we can do.”

Timm Klose will face a late fitness test on his knee injury.

Sunderland have only one clean sheet in 18 league outings. Asked if his side needs to find a killer instinct, Sam Allardyce replied: “Yes but at this late stage of the season, it’s rare when you are in this position you score more than one, so clean sheets are still a lot of my big focus.”


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