Alex Neil: Middlesbrough game massive for Norwich City

Alex Neil
Norwich have won 14 of their 19 matches in the Championship since Alex Neil took charge

Norwich boss Alex Neil has said matches do not 'get any bigger' than Friday's game against fellow Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

The Canaries, a point ahead of Boro with three matches remaining, are currently second as the fight for automatic promotion goes to the wire.

"None of the games will get any bigger than the match on Friday night," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"We have to make sure the place is absolutely rocking for the players."

The 33-year-old also praised his side's resolve after their 2-0 victory against Leeds on Tuesday evening but admitted he asked some hard questions of his players at half-time.

Graham Dorrans
Graham Dorrans made up for his penalty miss (above) by scoring the second goal for Norwich against Leeds

Graham Dorrans missed a penalty as Norwich struggled to find a way to break down Leeds in the first-half, before strikes from Jonny Howson and Dorrans sealed the win after the break.

"I think how we won the game spoke volumes of the squad and how much it means to them especially after not being our best in the first-half," Neil added. "The response in second-half was excellent.

"I posed a few questions of them in terms of 'How much do we ultimately want it? Are we going to regret 45 minutes of football that will potentially takes us where we want to go or are we going to go out and make a difference?'

"And I think they answered those questions and more and all the credit has to go to the players.

"In the second half we showed some real bottle and after we scored the goal I think we controlled the game."

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