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17 September 2016

Three wins in a week for the Canaries

ALEX Neil hailed the character of his players after they came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground.

Apostolos Vellios' strike five minutes before half-time put the hosts ahead after Wes Hoolahan had seen a penalty saved, but Jonny Howson and Graham Dorrans scored after the break to earn the maximum points the Canaries deserved.

Neil was full of praise for his charges when speaking to Norwich City TV after the final whistle, saying: "I think it was probably the most complete performance from us.

"I thought we were really unfortunate at half-time not to be leading the game. We had a penalty and a few really good chances.

"To come somewhere where they've won every home game this season, and be as dominating as we were, particularly in the second half, they were fantastic.

"Everyone watching the game would have enjoyed the way we played today, and if you're a Norwich fan you should enjoy your night."

City refused to allow Forest to build up any momentum in a second half that saw them constantly threaten in the final third while keeping their opponents at arm's length.

Neil added: "There was a confidence and a swagger about us today I thought. We had some real top performances from individuals.

"Jonny and Graham were absolutely outstanding. I posed questions of them because we were missing Al (Alex Tettey), and I thought they did it and more.

"If you come away and get that kind of result at a really difficult venue, you must be pleased. The team showed great character.

"We spoke about first 15 minutes being absolutely crucial. If we get that goal, they would look at our team and think 'this is going to be a tough 30 minutes', and it was."

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