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
© Getty Images
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
Read Next:
Ed Balls: 'Alex Neil has our backing'
>

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Newcastle UnitedNewcastle19131537162140
2Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton18115228111738
3Reading1810442519634
4Birmingham CityBirmingham188732419531
5Leeds UnitedLeeds189272120129
6Huddersfield TownHuddersfield189272023-329
7Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds188462020028
8Norwich CityNorwich188372930-127
9Derby CountyDerby187561613326
10Fulham186752521425
11Aston Villa1851032118325
12Preston North EndPreston187472321225
13Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest197483433125
14Bristol City187382422224
15Ipswich TownIpswich186661717024
16Queens Park RangersQPR196582028-823
17Brentford186482421322
18Barnsley186482929022
19Wolverhampton WanderersWolves195682124-321
20Burton Albion184771924-519
21Blackburn RoversBlackburn185492027-719
22Wigan AthleticWigan184681620-418
23Cardiff CityCardiff1853101830-1218
24Rotherham UnitedRotherham1814131843-257