Norwich City boss Alex Neil is looking forward to Tuesday night’s match against Spurs but after seeing his side concede five goals last time out against Lievrpool, he says it’s time to get back to basics.
Although they conceded five goals against Liverpool, they did of course also score four goals of their own and the debut performance of Steven Naismith was particularly encouraging.
Neil also gave a debut to Ivo Pinto with £9m Timm Klose an unused substitute. Neil said afterwards that he felt the Swiss international needed a little time to adjust and with ten days having passed, says his new defender will be considered for selection.
‘He is in a much better position now,” Neil told canaries.co.uk.
“You have got to bear in mind he hadn`t played for a few weeks due to the mid-season break in Germany. We needed to get him up to speed and he is in a much better position now.
“I like to think people come into training and see it (the addition of players) as a challenge – the existing players will need to up their game and hopefully it inspires everyone.”
The game against Spurs is a tough looking match with the corresponding fixture at White Hart Lane ending as a 3-0 defeat for the Canaries on Boxing Day. Norwich were beaten by quick Spurs passing and cheap concession of the ball.
‘If you give good teams the ball back, they will hurt you so basically we need to make sure our retention of the ball is good.
‘When we’re going forward, we need to cause them as many problems as we can.
‘It’s about getting back to basics really though: making sure that we’re well-drilled and that it comes as second nature to them.’
Gary O’Neil is the only definite absentee for Norwich as he sits out the last game of his three game ban after being sent off at Stoke. Alex Tettey missed the Liverpool defeat due to illness but is likely to be back in contention again but a little worryingly, Neil says there is a sickness bug in the camp, which could lead, I suppose, to some other call offs.
After the nightmare that poor Russell Martin suffered against Liverpool, you have to assume that Timm Klose will be given the nod to make his Norwich debut here. He has of course played against Harry Kane last year when he was part of the Swiss team beaten at Wembley in the Euro qualifier between the two countries. He should have some idea of what to expect as a result, but that won’t make his or the team’s task any easier – Spurs are a much better side than Liverpool.