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4 February 2017

Manager reflects on first away win since October

CITY were rewarded for their spirit and endeavour in Saturday's 1-0 win over Cardiff City, says manager Alex Neil.

Cameron Jerome's first half header proved to the match-winning goal for the Canaries as they edged past Neil Warnock's side for their third maximum haul on the spin.

Speaking to Norwich City TV post-match, Neil said: "It's probably even more satisfying for a manager when it's a hard-fought, well-earned victory.

"For us, playing at home, scoring goals and being creative - we find that quite simple because of the players we've got.

"Coming away to places like this where you need to roll your sleeves up and do the ugly side of the game, it's really rewarding when you win.

"We had a lot of really strong, physical performances from a lot of players today. I'm delighted for the team."

The three points - City's first on the road for over four months - moved City up to seventh place in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Neil reserved praise for the 900-strong group of supporters who made the considerable trip to South Wales to cheer on his players.

"The fans deserve all the credit for travelling all the way down here, and I'm just pleased that the lads could reward them with a good performance and good win."

Mitchell Dijks and Yanic Wildschut both made their debuts for the Club at the Cardiff City Stadium, and Neil commented on their performance after the game.

He added: "I thought Mitchell Dijks, for his first game in Engish football, was tremendous. He's a beast.

"For a lad who's come from Holland and not played in the Championship, which can be an acquired taste, I was delighted for him. He dominated that left side.

"Yanic showed flashes of what he's capable of, but I think it was a difficult game for wide players."

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