Alex Neil will bring power of positive thinking on return to Carrow Road

Preston North End manager Alex Neil. Picture: PA

Preston North End manager Alex Neil. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Preston North End fan Keith Day gives us his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s game at Carrow Road

Preston dangerman Jordan Hugill up against Ryan Bennett last season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus

Preston dangerman Jordan Hugill up against Ryan Bennett last season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Q So, what do you think of Alex Neil then?

A He’s a good manager who seems very tactically aware. He encourages his players to play the kind of football the fans like to see: positive and attacking football.

Q Do you think he will have your players especially pumped up for this game?

A I think the players are always pumped up and ready to give a match their best. But I think confidence will be particularly high following their win mid-week.

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Q You needed that win at Bristol City after a poor run – what happened?

A The big change that has happened is that we are starting to get players back after a spate of injuries which left the squad depleted. It’s no coincidence that the win against Bristol City came after we got a lot of our first choice players back.

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Q The January transfer window isn’t far away – what do you need?

A The most important thing is to keep hold of the best players we have. Then it’s about using that as a building block to strengthen any positions that are weaker.

Q Of both teams on view today, who has the best chance of being in the top six come next May?

A I’ve not seen much of Norwich this season but with the funding they have, you would expect them to have the better chance. However, Preston North End have exceeded expectations so far this season and I expect them to carry on with this winning form and feel confident they stand a good chance of being in the top six.

Q Who should City look out for this afternoon?

A I’m sure the player they will most likely be keeping a close eye on is our leading goalscorer Jordan Hugill. But while Norwich are watching him, it will give someone else the chance to steal the spotlight!

Q And which City player do you think Alex Neil will want his players about?

A I think Alex Neil will be playing to his own team’s strengths and encouraging them to keep all the opposition on their toes rather than focusing on any individual players.

Q And finally, a forecast please!

A Being an optimist, I go to every Preston North End match believing they will win. But if I am to look at this match as a realist, I would probably predict a 2-2 draw.

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