CA­NARIES’ KEY IS SMART ALEX

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Jamie Holt

GRA­HAM Dor­rans claims Nor­wich hold the edge over their pro­mo­tion ri­vals – and it’s down to boss Alex Neil.

While in charge of Hamil­ton Aca­dem­i­cal last sea­son, Neil, pic­tured, earned pro­mo­tion back to the Scot­tish Premier­ship via the play­offs.

Con­ta­gious

And af­ter ex­tend­ing his loan deal from West Brom un­til the end of the sea­son – which will in­clude any play­off in­volve­ment – mid­fielder Dor­rans says the Ca­naries manager’s ap­petite for suc­cess is con­ta­gious.

“The manager has been great, and his de­sire to get back to the Pre­mier League is sec­ond to none,” said 27year-old Dor­rans.

“Hav­ing been here I’ve seen that, which made this a de­ci­sion I wanted to take. I knew I was com­ing to a club with qual­ity play­ers and I feel like I’ve added to that.

“All the lads have made it easy to set­tle in and have been great with me. We’ve had some good re­sults in the last cou­ple of weeks, so hope­fully we can con­tinue that.”

Nor­wich are cur­rently fourth, just three points adrift of Bournemouth at the top yet only five points above eighth­placed Wolves with just seven games re­main­ing.

Dor­rans has played eight times since join­ing the Ca­naries on an ini­tial onemonth deal in Feb- ru­ary. And the Scot­land in­ter­na­tional ad­mits the fight for a Pre­mier League place looks set to go down to the wire.

“I’ve not seen it this tight for a long time be­cause six or seven teams are push­ing for it,” added the for­mer Livingston man.

Con­fi­dent

“We’ve got a de­cent run com­ing up and on our day can beat any­one. With two games in quick suc­ces­sion it will be tough, but we’ll con­cen­trate on each one as it comes. Ev­ery match from now on is mas­sive. We’re con­fi­dent we can get the job done.”

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