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13 September 2016

Boss on securing back-to-back home wins

CITY boss Alex Neil was in pragmatic mood when speaking to the media after Tuesday's win over Wigan Athletic.

Jacob Murphy's early brace put the Canaries in command at Carrow Road but Jordi Gomez's 72nd-minute strike set up a tense finish for the second time in four days.

Neil is pleased that his team managed to achieve their objective of six points, however, heading into the weekend's trip to Nottingham Forest.

"The bottom line is we're winning the games. I think everybody if we're not winning the games would be quick to criticise," he told Norwich City TV.

"We wanted six points before these games and we got the six points. It was good at times, but it could still get better which I think is a pleasing thing.

"When you're playing well and you're not winning, that's when it's worrying."

Neil believes City suffered after half-time with having a number of players on the pitch who hadn't accumulated game-time this season.

He added: "At two nil up we were relatively comfortable. We moved the ball well at times, we had some really good sweeping movements.

"We could have scored more in the first half, and then at the start of the second half we had two or three really good opportunities to put the game to bed.

"The major issue we had was that I lost Alex and Ivo at half-time, and I had the likes of Graham Dorrans, Martin Olsson, Russell Martin, Alex Pritchard - guys who haven't had a lot of game-time in their legs.

"We badly tired, we really looked jaded in that second half but we hung in there. We rolled our sleeves up and we managed to get the points.

"As I said to the players though, they need to stop doing that because it's not good for my heart rate!"

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