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ALEX NEIL: WE DESERVED IT

15 October 2016

City's unbeaten home run extended with Rotherham win

ALEX Neil took satisfaction from his team's performance in beating Rotherham United 3-1 on Saturday.

The Canaries rose back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship following goals from Wes Hoolahan, Cameron Jerome and substitute Steven Naismith at Carrow Road.

After producing excellent football against the Millers, especially in the first half, there was tension when Dexter Blackstock's halved Rotherham's deficit - but Neil's men proceeded to get the job done.

He told Norwich City TV post-match: "At half-time, if we were 3-0 up I think that would have been a fair reflection of the game.

"We got the second goal and we were hoping at that stage, I wouldn't say we'd take our foot off the gas, but you want to play within yourself a little bit because we've got important games to come up, certainly on Tuesday.
 


"But then they get a goal, which is really disappointing from us, and then we have to roll our sleeves up and go and see the game out.

"We managed to get our third, but over the piece I thought we performed really well. We made it harder than what I thought it needed to be, but we won the game and deserved to win it convincingly in my eyes."

Hoolahan's opening goal was created by Alex Pritchard, the winger making his first league start since joining the Club in the summer.

The pair were eye-catching in their combinations in the opening 45 minutes and Neil praised their performances.

"I thought the game suited them, that's why I put the two of them in. Certainly for Alex, because he hasn't played much this season," he added.

"I thought he did well. His contribution in terms of work ethic was good, and the quality he's got - we know that that's there, that's never been in question.

"We've come to expect it from Wes. He scored the first goal with a great bit of skill, he created the second goal for Cameron - we know what he's capable of doing.

"When he's on that type of form, he's really difficult to handle. The two of them linked up well together, so it was good."

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