Team news: Alex Neil aims to strike right balance for Norwich City’s cup clash with West Brom
PUBLISHED: 11:02 22 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:12 23 September 2015
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil has revealed he will give some of his fringe players a chance to impress him in tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup third round clash with West Brom.
The Canaries boss made it clear he still intends to field a strong team for the visit of the Baggies to Carrow Road though, as he looks to build on his side’s good recent form.
Winning 3-1 at home against Bournemouth was followed by a creditable 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Sunday – and the Scot wants to continue that momentum.
“I think it’s a case of getting some players game time but also making sure the squad and team are going to be strong, certainly strong enough to win the game,” Neil said at Colney this morning.
“It’s always a balancing act over the course of the season because it’s not just about 11 players, it’s about making sure you try and utilise your squad the best you can but try and not weaken the team.”
Neil will be without the services of Alex Tettey in central midfield, after the Norway international picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at Anfield to activate a one-match suspension.
Otherwise the City boss has no fresh injury worries, with loan players Matt Jarvis and Andre Wisdom both available for selection.
Canaries captain Russell Martin is also in the squad, following a hectic weekend which saw him travel back to Norwich for the birth of his third child on the eve of Sunday’s match – before making it back to Liverpool to start the game and score the vital equaliser, despite having little sleep.
The defender’s inclusion further emphasises Neil’s intention to go for the win against the Baggies but the 34-year-old will also retain a sense of perspective.
“I think at the stage we’re at at the moment, our Premier League hopes and aspirations are our biggest priority,” Neil added.
“But also the Capital One Cup and any cup that we play in is important as well so we’re not going to be dismissive of this competition, we want to do well and we want to win this game.
“However I would state that the Premier League is much more important for us.”