English Premiership

Norwich urged to go for Blues win

Alex Neil (File)
Alex Neil (File)

Cape Town - Alex Neil wants his Norwich City side to convert control of matches at Carrow Road to points when they face Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Norwich are seven matches without a win and are above the relegation zone on goal difference alone, and their manager says they have let commanding positions in home matches slip during that run.

But Neil is hoping that they can get a result against Chelsea before they travel to Swansea City, another side battling the drop, at the weekend.

"In recent weeks we've had games where we've been in control of them, but for one reason or another we've let a lead slip or found ourselves on the wrong end of the result," he told Norwich City TV.

"Obviously I'm hoping that it's going to change on Tuesday. If we can get something out of the game then it would be a huge bit of encouragement going into Saturday's match."

Guus Hiddink has praised Branislav Ivanovic for how he has stepped up in the absence of captain John Terry, who remains doubtful for the Norwich trip with injury.

Ivanovic has taken the captain’s armband in Terry’s absence and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 success at Southampton on Saturday.

“Ivanovic is not a big shouter but the short commands are what I like very much as a manager because I want what we do in training and team meetings to be executed by my key leaders,” Hiddink told Chelsea website.

“I'm happy players like Fabregas and Oscar do that job as well. It's good to see some players step up not just in their personal performance but organising tactically."

Pedro (hamstring) is expected to miss out for Chelsea after leaving the field early at Southampton.

Norwich have question marks over the fitness of Wes Hoolahan and Sebastien Bassong, who are both carrying knocks.

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