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1 August 2015

City boss hopeful on Mulumbu injury

ALEX Neil spoke of his satisfaction after seeing Norwich City end their 2015-16 pre-season with a 2-1 win over Brentford at Carrow Road.

The Canaries secured victory in their final outing before the Barclays Premier League begins next weekend, courtesy of goals from Wes Hoolahan and substitute Cameron Jerome.

Speaking after the game, Neil said: "I thought we played really well at times and some of our link-up play was brilliant.

"In the second half we got into good areas, and the pleasing thing is we scored two goals. We created a lot of chances against a team we struggled against last year, which was the main reason for taking the game.

"I was pleased with our performance and thought we were the dominant side throughout. We've worked really hard to get to where we are now, and last season was a great success for us.

"We'll go into the season trying to do the very best we can."

The City boss also reserved praise for the efforts of his new recruits Robbie Brady and Andre Wisom, who made their respective Carrow Road bows during the match.

Brady played the full 90 minutes, while Wisdom featured as a second half substitute, and Neil explained: "Robbie has great quality in his left foot, and is flexible in terms of where he can play along that flank.

"He had a good delivery for us to go and attack, but also has great stamina. He’s not had a huge amount of game-time over pre-season but certainly looked fit today.

"If you look at Andre’s size and stature, he’s a big boy, and you need that in the Premier League. Unfortunately he only got 30 minutes today, but once we get the two of them up to speed they’ll be fine - it was a fantastic pass from him for Cameron's goal.

"We’re trying to get bodies in before the end of the window; we’re working as hard as we can and have targets."

One matter of concern for the City chief was a late injury suffered by Youssouf Mulumbu, which forced the midfielder off the pitch in the closing stages.

However, Neil remains hopeful of a quick return for the 28-year-old, and added: "We’re hoping he’s going to be ok but these kind of things normally take 24 hours to settle it down.

"We’ll get it scanned tonight if we can and then we’ll find out the extent, if there is an injury there. It’s on the outside of his foot so we’re hoping he’s going to be available for the next game.

"He’s a good player with a lot of Premier League experience, and I thought he equipped himself well. The more games he gets the better he’ll become."

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