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2 January 2016

City boss on win over Southampton

ALEX Neil hailed his team after they earned their second win on the spin by edging out Southampton 1-0 at Carrow Road.

A sublime finish from Alex Tettey proved decisive, coming two minutes after the visitors were reduced to ten men when Victor Wanyama picked up his second yellow card.

The victory backed up Monday's triumph over Aston Villa - and kickstarted the Canaries' 2016 in perfect fashion with three points and a cleansheet.

"The last couple of games have been really big for us, and we've risen to the challenge and managed to come away with six points," Neil told Norwich City TV after the game.

"We looked a bit nervous towards the end, but I put that to just how important the three points were to the group. I'm really pleased, they put an enormous effort in.

"We've found a really good balance with our play in terms of posing a threat going forward and keeping cleansheets as well.

"What we've done is given ourselves a good advantage at the moment, but what we need to do is stamp that home. This next month will be crucial."

City went close to opening the scoring the first half, with two chances falling to Dieumerci Mbokani, while Southampton had a lot of possession but rarely tested Declan Rudd.

Assessing the contest, Neil reflected: "It was always going to be a tough game. Southampton showed against Arsenal what they're capable of, however they've not been on a great run of late.

"We needed to take full advantage of that and go and win the game. In the first half, we had the best opportunities. We had three really good chances to score.

"Obviously the sending off had an impact, and then Alex Tettey bangs one in with his left foot. It was a double-whammy for Southampton.

"I'm delighted for Al. He gives his all every single game. That goal will mean a lot to him."

On his hopes for the January transfer window, City's boss added: "We're looking to strengthen, that's not been a secret. We're looking to do business as quickly as we can, and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later."

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