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ALEX NEIL: A REALLY PLEASING WIN

7 February 2015

Manager lauds Canaries Carrow Road display

NORWICH City combined their best qualities in attack and defence to beat Blackpool 4-0 on Saturday, says boss Alex Neil.

Nathan Redmond’s exquisite late free-kick added to Gary Hooper’s hat-trick on a fruitful afternoon in front of goal for the Canaries at Carrow Road.

Despite losing Sebastien Bassong to a back injury in the first half, they went on to keep a second clean sheet on the spin too, and it was striking that balance that Neil highlighted when speaking to Norwich City after the final whistle.

“We kept another clean sheet, which is great, and to go on to score four goals, and create as many chances as we did, was really pleasing,” he said.

“I worked before last week at Birmingham at tightening us up at the back, making sure we do keep clean sheets, and I’ve said all week that we would look to add that edge that we didn’t have there.

“To have both aspects lick was really pleasing, and to deserve to go and win the game comfortably is always nice.

“We kept a clean sheet at Birmingham, and then we managed to win the game comfortably today, so all credit to the lads so hopefully they can continue that.”
 


Hooper was the man who stole the headlines, dispatching a second-half penalty to complete his first Norwich City hat-trick since signing from Celtic in 2013.

Neil hopes his striker’s success against the Seasiders can be the precursor for more.

“He’s got top quality. He’s got goals in him. I think we need to try and get it out of him on a consistent basis,” he added.

“Today was a start – his performance was excellent and he topped it off with a hat-trick, which was great.

“They were team goals. He feeds off good service and certainly the lads in and about him fed in the good balls today, and he managed to score his three goals, which was excellent for the group.”

On Bassong’s injury, Neil commented: “It wasn’t a knock, it was just a sort of back spasm. I think he just turned the wrong way and he’s just done something to his back.

“We’ll have to monitor him over the next couple of days, but it will be a big blow because he’s just come back into the side and he’s been performing well.”

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