Why Norwich's win at Nottingham Forest was Neil's 'best yet'

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The Canaries have staged a fantastic run since the appointment of Alex Neil in January, but the Scot claims Saturday's win topped the lot.

In the 15 games since his out-of-the-blue appointment Neil has claimed 10 wins, three draws and suffered just two defeats. It is a run that has propelled Norwich into contention for the automatic promotion places in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Despite a solid start to the campaign, a faltering autumn and Christmas/New Year period saw previous manager Neil Adams dismissed and Neil was an unlikely candidate when he took the reins. Although a blistering run of form, including six straight wins in February and March, has brought many highs, it was Saturday's 3-1 win at home to play-off chasing Nottingham Forest that Neil has singled out as the most impressive.

Talking to the Football League website, the former Barnsley and Hamilton Academical midfielder said: "That's certainly up there with the best performances since I have been here. We were up against probably the form side in the Championship, who had only lost one out of 10 before today, so I believe, and the way we dominated the match was extremely pleasing.

"I thought our movement and quality on the ball were top class and we could have a lot more than three goals with the chances we created and the crosses we got into their box. The players deserve a huge amount of credit - there were some outstanding individual performances out there today."

Goals from Jonathan Howson - on his 100th appearance for the club - Cameron Jerome and a Wes Hoolahan penalty put Forest to sword with comfort and probably condemned Dougie Freedman's resurgent team to another season in the Championship, despite a late consolation through Chris Burke.

But it was the Canaries that everyone was talking about, and following dropped points in two successive draws against Derby County and Huddersfield Town, Neil's men are now back on track and handily-placed in fourth position in the table, just two points behind Watford and Middlesbrough who both lost on Saturday.

Norwich are probably the most consistent team in a promotion race that has seen new leaders almost every week, and they must now prepare for an Easter Weekend double header, which takes in a trip to Brighton on Good Friday, followed by a Monday Bank Holiday visit to Carrow Road from Sheffield Wednesday.

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