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IVO PINTO: MY GOAL IS FOR THE FANS

24 September 2016

Defender nets late on to wrap up victory against Brewers

IVO Pinto says there was no better setting for his first ever goal in professional football than at Carrow Road as he helped Norwich City see off Burton Albion in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The hosts' half-time lead, given to them by Martin Olsson, was wiped out almost immediately after the restart by Lucas Akins only for Jacob Murphy to fire the Canaries back in front within 60 seconds.

Robbie Brady saw a penalty saved before Pinto struck in the closing stages to secure a 3-1 victory which lifted Alex Neil's men to the division's summit.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, the 26-year-old said: "It was my first senior goal so I'm very it happened inside this stadium in front of this fantastic crowd.

"The fans have been amazing for me and this goal is for them. It's my first one and it came at a good time.

"When I go forward and try to attack I normally look to make a pass. This time I went on the run and shot for goal, and getting the third goal was good for us."

Pinto credited Burton for providing City with a stern test, albeit one they eventually passed ahead of Wednesday night's clash with promotion away to Newcastle United.

"They did a very good job against us," the defender added.

"We probably didn't have our best day but did enough to get the three points. With the squad we have, we always have players who can make a difference.

"We won't play well every game, so we need to have those players. It's good to be in first place as that's what we work for every day and we'll keep working hard to continue that.

"When you're winning games you're always just waiting for the next one to come. Newcastle will be a tough match but if we do our jobs then we can win the game."



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