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23 July 2016

Manager gives assessment after Rubin Kazan victory

ALEX Neil was pleased with several aspects of his team's performance as they beat Rubin Kazan 2-1 before heading back to England from Austria.

Cameron Jerome and Steven Naismith struck for the Canaries in an often highly-charged friendly at the Sportsplatz in Ilz.

Neil said after the game: "You want to make friendlies as realistic as possible. There was some real quality football in the game, and the second goal we scored was fantastic.

"You could see that both teams wanted to win. In terms of the way I set them up and wanted them to play, they did it great. We played some really offensive football and got into good areas.

"In general terms now, we're in good shape. We've got Coventry on Tuesday and Hannover on Saturday, and they'll be good games too."

Neil admitted that he knew this match would offer a sterner challenge than any pre-season friendlies so far, adding: "I said before the game that it would be different.

"I saved a lot of the experienced lads for this game because I knew what was coming, a really good team.

"We knew it was going to be a test but I thought our boys did great and the competitiveness of the game was excellent."

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