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28 January 2017

Boss on Saturday's victory over Birmingham

ALEX Neil felt his side deserved their three points after seeing off Birmingham City 2-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday.

First half goals from Cameron Jerome and Timm Klose ensured the Canaries picked up back-to-back Sky Bet Championship wins for the first time since October.

Neil told Norwich City TV post-match: "I thought it was an open game, and I expected that.

"It could have ended something like 6-3, it was one of those games. I don't try to set my team up not to lose, I try to set my team up to win.

"I thought both teams played well in spells in the first half and had chances, but I was confident that we had enough quality to score more goals than them and that proved to be the case.

"We merited our win. Even though Birmingham had chances, I thought we had more. In the second half, we had some guilt-edge opportunities where we should have put the game to bed."

Neil, who revealed that City's build-up to the fixture was hampered by a sickness bug in the squad, thinks they are turning a corner after a testing period in the league.

Saturday's victory was their third Carrow Road win on the spin, and Neil feels the luck has been dropping on his team's side in recent matches.

"For a six-week to two-month period, we found ourselves on the other side of that," he added.

"There were a lot of times went teams would break and score, but looking at results and certainly performances in recent weeks, things have shifted.

"We're getting a little break of the ball at times, but not only that, we're working extremely hard.

"We've done the ugly side of the game better; we competed well, we won headers, we won second balls. If we do those bits well, with our quality we've got more than enough to beat teams."

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