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ALEX NEIL: I'M PLEASED FOR THE GROUP

15 August 2015

Canaries boss salutes the efforts of his team

CITY’s squad deserve all the credit for their performance in beating Sunderland 3-1 on Saturday, according to manager Alex Neil.

The Canaries dominated their hosts from start to finish at the Stadium of Light, securing a fully-deserved three points thanks to goals from Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker and Nathan Redmond.

After last Saturday’s opening defeat to Crystal Palace, Neil was delighted with how his players fulfilled their potential against the Black Cats.

“I’m really pleased for them. When you lose your first game, people start to question you as a group, and they started questioning me. I think we done ourselves justice today,” he told Norwich City TV.

“I thought we were the better side throughout the 90 minutes, to be honest.

“The only disappointing thing was the fact that we conceded a goal. Throughout the game we dominated enough that we should have kept a clean sheet and possibly added to the scoreline.

“There are so many positives to take from today: three points, and we’re still undefeated on the road as well with this group.”

Martin opened the scoring on 26 minutes in fortuitous circumstances as Costel Pantilimon’s parry rebounded off City’s skipper and into the net - Neil believes that was an important moment in the contest.

“The first goal at this level is crucial. We said that last week against Crystal Palace,” he added.

“I didn’t think there was a great deal in the game up to that point, but I thought we had enough of the ball and enough pressure to deserve our lead.

“From there, we really took charge of the game and dominated it. We’re really pleased and we can move onto next week’s game with a lot of confidence. It gives confidence to the group, that’s the biggest thing.”

Redmond backed up last Saturday’s effort at Carrow Road by striking the decisive third goal in the second half, and his manager has been impressed with the winger’s levels after he stepped into the starting eleven in place of Bradley Johnson.

“Nathan showed last week when he came on that he’s getting himself up to speed, and I thought at times today he was excellent,” he commented.

“He got another goal, which we needed to add to his game. He’s got two in two now so it’s a fantastic start for him.”

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