Norwich City boss makes his demands known for upcoming Everton clash

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Norwich City travel to Everton in the League Cup round of 16.

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has told reporters from The Sun that he wants his players to show more passion and pride during their upcoming League Cup tie at Everton.

The Canaries have had a mixed start to the campaign, earning seven points in their opening five before succumbing to a five game winless streak including a 6-2 defeat at Newcastle United.

Norwich have plenty of talent in their squad, yet a lack of urgency has crept in in recent weeks and last Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion was a frustrating afternoon for Neil.

Speaking to The Sun ahead of his side’s trip to Everton, the Norwich boss has called for more hunger from his players and says he expects them to rise to the challenge.

“I want to see a lot more passion and pride in our performance,” Neil explained.

“I was never the best player but I would roll my sleeves up and get stuck in. I just wish I could get my boots on and go out and kick a few people again!”

“I’m up for the challenge. I’m ready to go and I expect all my players to be ready, too.”

Growing importance:

As teams reach the latter stages of the League Cup, winning starts to become more important as a dream trip to Wembley edges closer and grows into a very realistic target.

The winner of Everton and Norwich will be in the hat for a quarter-final place, three matches away from a final appearance and the opportunity to add a piece of silverware.

Winning the Premier League isn’t a realistic goal for the likes of Everton and Norwich, though there is no reason why they can’t at least challenge for the domestic cups and create a bit of history.

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