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10 September 2016

Boss gives his assessment of Saturday's win

ALEX Neil says the Canaries' main objective was achieved as they notched three points by beating Cardiff City 3-2 at Carrow Road.

2-0 to the good with just five minutes left after goals from Cameron Jerome and Jonny Howson, City were made to sweat by the Welsh outfit with Anthony Pilkington striking twice either side of Josh Murphy's late curler.

After eventually holding on for the victory, Neil said the finish to the match ensures that his side will leave no stone unturned in preparation for Tuesday's visit of Wigan Athletic.

"We've got the three points in the bag, which is great," he told Norwich City TV.

"It's maybe not a bad thing leading into Tuesday because there certainly won't be any complacency after conceding goals that we should have done better with.

"I don't think we started that smoothly. The game was still finding its feet at that stage. For the first goal it was a great cross from Jacob (Murphy) - it was the first time we put a move together, Jacob put a good cross in and Cameron, who I thought was great to day, got his goal.

"Jacob created two and Josh scored one. Both of them proved their quality today and that's why they're involved."

The result lifted the Canaries into the play-off spots in the Sky Bet Championship table, and Neil urged supporters to take a long-term view with the campaign still in its infancy.

He added: "I think it's important. We're in the top four now, and I think we all need to settle down. We know it's going to be a long, tough season.

"It's not going to be an upward trajectory all of the time, there are going to be peaks and troughs. We just need to make sure that come the end, when the dust settles, we're at the top end."

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