Press Association The 34-year-old Scot has signed a new and improved longer-term contract at Carrow Road following a remarkable impact on the Norfolk club, taking the Canaries from seventh place when he arrived in January to victory at Wembley in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough. Former Hamilton boss Neil, however, knows he now faces the biggest test of his short coaching career when the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City visit. Alex Neil claims “any game is winnable” for Norwich if they get their game plan right when back in the Barclays Premier League next season. That has not stopped the former Barnsley midfielder from adopting a positive mindset when reflecting on the fixtures for the new campaign, which will start at home to Crystal Palace in August. “I wouldn’t say that there is one period I look at and think ‘that’s a concern’, even though if you are not performing well in the Premier League then it is all going to be a concern,” Neil told the club’s official website. “If you are doing your job properly, you are prepared and you are functioning well, then any game is winnable. “We have just got to go into any game full of confidence and try to do as best we can. “We are really looking forward to it, and hopefully we can get off to a good start.” Neil continued: “We haven’t got any of the ‘big boys’, if you like, in the first few games. Obviously you want to start the season and try to get points on the board as early as you can. “Certainly looking at the fixtures it gives us a good opportunity to do that, but as we know every game at this level will be tough.” Norwich will continue to look to strengthen the squad, having made the loan move of S cotland midfielder Graham Dorrans from West Brom permanent. Striker K yle Lafferty, meanwhile, will be hoping to resolve his future after the Northern Ireland forward spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at Turkish side Caykur Rizespor. Lafferty, who signed a three-year deal with an added 12-month option last summer, said in the Belfast Telegraph: “Obviously I am still a Norwich player and I am going to go back, work hard to get into the manager’s plans and see what happens and see how he wants to fit me in. “I will sit down with him and my agent and have a proper man-to-man talk – if he turns round and says he doesn’t see me in his plans, I will move on. “I will be disappointed because Norwich is a fantastic club and the fans have been brilliant with me, but it is one of those decisions you have to make and we will see what happens.”
THE Leeward Islands Hurricanes would have done a lot to boost their confidence after a rare victory over the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day tournamnet at the Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday.The Hurricanes got home by the skin of their teeth, claiming a one-wicket victory, probably the closest this season.The game had been close throughout, with the Hurricanes restricting the Red Force to 222 in their first innings thanks to Sheno Berridge’s 4-72, and Jeremiah Louis’, 4-45.Mervin Matthew chipped in with 1-26 and Jason Campbell ended the innings with 1-23.The Hurricanes’ response was underwhelming, as skipper Kieran Powell, could only manage 15 at the top of the order, and Montcin Hodge, who has been in good form of late, only managed 11.It was the lower-order who showed some fight, taking the total to 163, with Akeem Saunders’ 49, the highlight.The difference-maker in that Hurricanes first innings was the bowling of Imran Khan, whose 5-25 was devastating.Khary Pierre chipped in with 2-26, while Tion Webster, 1-44, Daniel St Clair, 1-27, and Anderson Phillip, 1-38, also made inroads.Though the Red Force now had a 59-run lead, they were by no means comfortable.The situation got even tighter when Berridge, 4-40, led an attack that reduced the Red Force to just 162.Berridge received great support from the bowling of Matthew, who ended with 2-27, Louis, 2-49, and newcomer, Chaim Holder, who bagged 2-19.A lead of 221, took the game to where it had started, the Hurricanes staring at a small lead but unsure of what to do with it.Coach Winston Benjamin had said the team was suffering from a crisis of confidence, and their approach to the small total suggests he was right.RED FORCE 1st Innings 222Hurricanes 1st Innings 163Red Force 2nd Innings(overnight 143 for eight)A Jangoo c Matthew b Berridge 38J Solozano lbw b Holder 10Y Cariah c wkp Hamilton b Holder 7E Nicholson c Saunders b Mathew 5*D Ramdin c Mathew b Berridge 28T Webster c wkp Hamilton b Louis 10+S Katwaroo b Louis 14Imran Khan lbw b Berridge 1K Pierre lbw b Mathew 10D St Clair not out 12A Phillip lbw b Berridge 9Extras (lb12, w1, nb4) 17TOTAL (all out, 58.4 overs) 162Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-55, 3-66, 4-67, 5-86, 6-116, 7-119, 8-131, 9-147, 10-162.Bowling: Mathew 14-4-27-2, Louis 16-4-49-2, Berridge 14.2-4-40-4, Holder 11-1-19-2, Campbell 3-0-15-0.HURRICANES 2nd Innings (target: 222 runs)M Hodge c Webster b Phillip 5*K Powell c Webster b Imran Khan 41K Carty c Pierre b Phillip 2D Thomas lbw b Pierre 65A Saunders c St Clair b Imran Khan 38+J Hamilton c wkp Katwaroo b Imran Khan 13J Louis b Imran Khan 13M Mathew b St Clair 3C Holder lbw b Imran Khan 7J Campbell not out 30S Berridge not out 0Extras (b3, lb4, nb2) 9TOTAL (9 wkts, 70.3 overs) 226Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-14, 3-107, 4-123, 5-150, 6-182, 7-187, 8-193, 9-205.Bowling: Phillip 7-2-23-2, St Clair 12-2-29-1, Pierre 23-2-64-1, Webster 3-0-16-0, Imran Khan 25.3-4-87-5.