Norwich boss Alex Neil turns focus to Wembley date

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Norwich boss Alex Neil has no time to celebrate Saturday’s win over local rivals Ipswich Town as he is already thinking about the play-off final.

The Canaries beat Ipswich 3-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday in the play-off semi finals to give themselves a chance to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Neil accepts the two derby clashes were huge for the club and the supporters, but he admits getting Norwich back into the top flight is the ultimate goal rather than securing local bragging rights.

The Canaries will face Middlesbrough in the play-off final at Wembley on May 25, and Neil stressed his attentions are already on Boro.

“My mind will be on the Middlesbrough game, and it will just be about prepping for next week and making sure we give ourselves the best chance,” he told Norwich City TV after the win over the Tractor Boys.

“It’s a cause of celebration for the fans, but for me it’s half the job and my work will start again tomorrow.”

Middlesbrough eased into the final with a 5-1 aggregate win over Brentford and Norwich will need to get a result against Boro for the first time this season if they are to return to the Premier League.

Boro beat the Canaries 4-0 at the Riverside in November and claimed a
1-0 win at Carrow Road last month.

Norwich are 1.80 to win the Championship play-offs outright, while Middlesbrough are available at 1.91.

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