Norwich boss Neil says being top of the table will not distract them

Norwich City manager Alex Neil

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has claimed that being top of the table so early in the season will not distract his side.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil

It is hard not to get carried away if you are a Norwich City supporter. With 12 games gone in the Championship campaign they are top of the table with just two losses to their name and they show no signs whatsoever of slowing down. Their win at the weekend against lowly Rotherham sealed their place in first, and with some winnable fixtures coming up there is certainly cause for optimism. However, as reported by Eastern Daily Press, manager Alex Neil is not getting carried away with where his side are and insists their position will not distract the team.

This is actually quite a familiar spot for the Canaries, as two years ago it looked as if they were running away with the Championship title before a slump towards the end of the season saw them drop down into the play-offs. Quite a few players in the squad still played for the team back then and will not want to replicate that form.

“I find it funny that somehow we manage to spin being top of the league as some sort of negative, because I’m pretty sure if you asked the team bottom of the league where they want to be they would say being top of the league is a great thing,” Neil said to Eastern Daily Press.

Norwich manager Alex Neil

"The one thing I will say is it doesn’t matter at the moment, so I don’t think it’s a big difference.

“At this stage it’s so far from the end of the season that you just want to keep churning the points out, get them on the board so when it does come to that crunch period to give ourselves that buffer, so that if we lose a game unfortunately or we don’t play as well as we should, the next week isn’t a be-all-and-end-all game.”

Norwich's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

With such depth in their squad mixed with some great experience, Norwich seem destined to make a big charge for promotion as they attempt to bounce back into the top flight at the first attempt.

Their next game comes tonight in the form of a trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham, which is a stadium where Neil's side have struggled over the years.

Steven Naismith of Norwich City celebrates scoring their fourth goal

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