Alex Neil: 'Promotion more difficult this time'

Alex Neil Manager of Norwich City looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on December 12, 2015
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil acknowledges that it will be "more difficult" to get promoted back to the Premier League this season.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has admitted that it will be "a more difficult" ask to get promoted to the Premier League this season than it was two years ago.

The Scot took the reins at Carrow Road in January 2015, leading the Canaries to the top flight that season, although a disappointing campaign saw them relegated straight back to the Championship.

Despite a strong start to this season, Neil's side have now suffered five straight league defeats to drop out of the playoffs and sit 13 points adrift of league leaders Newcastle United.

"We have come from a more difficult position to get promotion. I came in on January 9 that season and it'll be interesting to see where we sit between now and then," Neil told The Pink Un.

"It is not as if we are where Aston Villa were earlier in the season, third or fourth from bottom. I just think it is expectation levels, which is fair, but we have long way to go.

"Goals conceded and goals scored are big statistics people look at. However, if you get promoted at the end having conceded a lot of goals you would not be fussed about the statistics. As far as we are concerned, we have conceded far too many. We are far too good to have conceded that many and it is something we have to improve on if we want to be at the top end."

Neil's side will look to get back to winning ways when they welcome Brentford to Carrow Road on Saturday.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil feels like he's headbutted a horse after his side are relegated from the Premier League despite a 4-2 win over Watford on May 11, 2016
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