Opposition View: Norwich City

By SFC Media Fri 06 Jan Norwich v Saints
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil admits the FA Cup is not a priority for his team this season, but says he will not make wholesale changes for the clash with Southampton.

The Canaries host Saints in the third round of the competition tomorrow afternoon, with Neil believing both clubs have more pressing matters to consider.

However, he is still expecting a competitive game and is confident his side will be strong enough to give their opponents a good test.

"I want to be clear about it – the league is our priority," he said, with his team currently ninth in the Championship. "We really need to make sure we get ourselves up the league.

"I've said this in all the cups, our main priority has been the league and improving that, but we want to win the game and that will be reflected in the team.

"You'll look at the team and you'll know that we want to win. I think I made 11 changes at Everton [in the EFL Cup]. It won't be anything like that. If anything, it'll be a couple here or there.

"They've got a semi-final first leg on Wednesday as well, which in my eyes would take priority.

"It's an opportunity for them to get to a final, so I certainly think they'll be freshening the team up."

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