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23 September 2015

Win 'shows the spirit' in the Canaries' squad

CITY's patience was rewarded with progression to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup, says boss Alex Neil.

Three second-half goals broke down West Brom's stubborn defensive unit at Carrow Road, with Kyle Lafferty among the scorers in his first appearance of the season.

A fourth round trip to Goodison Park to face Everton awaits the Canaries, and Neil was pleased with how his side went about their business on Wednesday night.

"When you get an opposition that comes in and sits behind the ball, it can be frustrating at times," he told Norwich City TV.

"The fans are eager for you to put the ball forward and make chances, but you've got to be patient and keep moving the ball.

"When it's like that you can sometimes get a bit over-eager, but I thought we were rewarded tonight."

Neil made eight changes from Sunday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool, but he was delighted with the application shown by the fresh faces.

"I thought everybody that was given an opportunity tonight did really well. I was really pleased for the full group," he added.

"It shows the spirit throughout the squad. Sometimes you get the starting eleven who are happy, and the rest who aren't, but that's not the case at this place.

"The guys who are not in the team are desperate to be involved. You could see that desire tonight. They will fight for each other."

On the prospect of facing Roberto Martinez's Toffees at the next stage of the competition, Neil commented: "If we're going to get any further in the competition, we're going to have to beat these types of team.

"On the path that we're on at the moment, we're confident that we can go and give anybody a game."

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