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Canaries can win any game - Neil

Published 17/06/2015

Alex Neil took Norwich into the Barclays Premier League after arriving from Hamilton
Alex Neil took Norwich into the Barclays Premier League after arriving from Hamilton

Alex Neil claims "any game is winnable" for Norwich if they get their game plan right when back in the Barclays Premier League next season.

The 34-year-old Scot has signed a new and improved longer-term contract at Carrow Road following a remarkable impact on the Norfolk club, taking the Canaries from seventh place when he arrived in January to victory at Wembley in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough.

Former Hamilton boss Neil, however, knows he now faces the biggest test of his short coaching career when the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City visit.

That has not stopped the former Barnsley midfielder from adopting a positive mindset when reflecting on the fixtures for the new campaign, which will start at home to Crystal Palace in August.

"I wouldn't say that there is one period I look at and think 'that's a concern', even though if you are not performing well in the Premier League then it is all going to be a concern," Neil told the club's official website.

"If you are doing your job properly, you are prepared and you are functioning well, then any game is winnable.

"We have just got to go into any game full of confidence and try to do as best we can.

"We are really looking forward to it, and hopefully we can get off to a good start."

Neil continued: "We haven't got any of the 'big boys', if you like, in the first few games. Obviously you want to start the season and try to get points on the board as early as you can.

"Certainly looking at the fixtures it gives us a good opportunity to do that, but as we know every game at this level will be tough."

Norwich will continue to look to strengthen the squad, having made the loan move of S cotland midfielder Graham Dorrans from West Brom permanent.

Striker K yle Lafferty, meanwhile, will be hoping to resolve his future after the Northern Ireland forward spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at Turkish side Caykur Rizespor.

Lafferty, who signed a three-year deal with an added 12-month option last summer, said in the Belfast Telegraph: "Obviously I am still a Norwich player and I am going to go back, work hard to get into the manager's plans and see what happens and see how he wants to fit me in.

"I will sit down with him and my agent and have a proper man-to-man talk - if he turns round and says he doesn't see me in his plans, I will move on.

"I will be disappointed because Norwich is a fantastic club and the fans have been brilliant with me, but it is one of those decisions you have to make and we will see what happens."

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