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5 January 2016

Belgian midfielder on his Southampton impact

VADIS Odjidja is determined to impress even more after his influential performance off the bench in Saturday's victory over Southampton.

Upon replacing Nathan Redmond with half an hour left at Carrow Road, Odjidja showed a willingness to get on the ball and create issues for the visitors' defence.

Alex Tettey's 76th-minute winner was laid on by the Belgium international after he skilfully nutmegged Jordy Clasie before picking out his teammate with a reverse ball into his path.

Odjidja is aware that manager Alex Neil has a lot of options to choose from going forward, though he is hopeful his efforts will be rewarded with more opportunities.

“It’s not easy because we have a very competitive squad and there are a lot of good players. But I’m trying very hard and it was like the first time I have got a lot of time to come on at Carrow Road," he told reporters.

“I had 30 minutes, so I was very pleased with that and I had a good impact on the game.

“The manager has been aware that I’m doing well in training and he always says to me to keep going and keep pushing."

The 26-year-old was delighted for Tettey, who netted his second goal in four matches with a memorable finish guided into the top corner from 15 yards.

It was a case of second time lucky as Odjidja had set up the Norwegian just moments previously, but to no avail.

"He finished it really well. I think just before, I gave him the same kind of ball but he had to make up his mind," he said.

"The second one, he had it right so I’m very pleased for him. He was good in the game so I’m happy he could get the goal and very happy for the team we could get the three points.

"We knew this was going to be a tough period because the games were coming really quickly, but we’ve been doing well and we are happy to win our first game of 2016.

"That is very important. And in front of our fans, who were great. I think we did deserve the three points in the end."

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