Alex Neil lauds Norwich character after win at Wolves

1 Oct

Norwich manager Alex Neil hailed the character of his players after returning to winning ways by beating Wolves 2-1 at Molineux in the Sky Bet Championship.

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The Canaries, who conceded two injury-time goals in the 4-3 loss at Newcastle on Wednesday, went ahead early on through Cameron Jerome’s header.

Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady doubled their advantage after 73 minutes with a left-footed curler into the top corner.

But Dave Edwards reduced the arrears 10 minutes from time to set up another nervy finish for Norwich but this time they held out and fully deserved their win.

Neil said: “I am delighted. A lot was made of the game in the week and a lot was said about how we were going to respond.

“It was nice to come here and put three points on the board and I thought we deserved the win.

“We conceded a sloppy goal and that was disappointing for us.

“At that point you are looking for players to stand up and show the character that they have got and I thought the boys did that in spades so I was really pleased.

“The early goal was also important as it settled the nerves and they gave everything that they have got.

“I am really delighted with the team. We are second in the table and I think we can really kick on from here.

“As long as at Christmas time we are there or thereabouts it is what you do from that point onwards that will really dictate if you have a chance of going up and certainly the last time we were at this level our record from that point was great.”

Jerome headed home his fifth goal of the season when he was left unmarked to convert a left-wing cross from Wes Hoolahan.

Brady doubled their advantage from 25 yards with his first of the campaign before Edwards converted Matt Doherty’s cross.

Wolves boss Walter Zenga was disappointed his side had no rewards for their efforts after they slipped to a second successive defeat.

He said: “I think we didn’t deserve to lose the game. In my opinion we deserved more than zero.

“We played a very good game for all of the game. But this is football. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

“Norwich scored two goals and we only scored one. That was why we lost. I think our performance was very good.

“Don’t forget that before it was 2-0 we had a great chance to score and the game could have changed. But we didn’t score.”

The return of striker Nouha Dicko off the bench was the only real highlight for Wolves as he made his comeback after being sidelined since August last year with knee ligament damage.

He missed a 67th-minute chance that would have put Wolves on level terms and Zenga added: “Dicko is an important player for us and we have to take care of him because he showed that he can do a good job for us.

“His last game was one year and two months ago. It would have been amazing if he had scored but unfortunately he didn’t.”


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