CANARIES’ KEY IS SMART ALEX
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.
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.
“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.”