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Mario Vrancic delighted to score crucial goal for City

29 September 2018

Mario Vrancic said he was delighted to make a good impact after coming off the bench and scoring City’s winning goal.

The Norwich midfielder came on as a second-half substitute alongside right back Louis Thompson, and put City in front through a penalty awarded just minutes before the final whistle.

And Vrancic said he was pleased he could contribute to a crucial part of the game.

“I tried to have an impact from the bench and it was very important that I scored the crucial goal, so I am very happy about it,” he said.

“I don't think it was our best performance, but we take the win and it was a big fight.”

It is the second time Vrancic has helped City home to a victory this season, after putting Norwich back in front in their 2-1 win over Reading.

He said: “You have to use any minute you get from the Boss, and that’s what I did today. I try to have a big impact and it was crucial for the game.

“It’s always strange to judge your own performance, I’m just trying to have a great impact on the game. Not just me but everyone needs to use any moments you get on the pitch. I think I played well and got the goal which was crucial for the victory.”

He also praised the commitment of his teammates to dig in and keep a clean sheet.

“Last season I think we would have drawn or loss the game because we would have conceded a goal but we didn’t,” he said. “If you are close and if it's a tight game it is always important to get a clean sheet, especially at home and that’s what we did. We need to keep going and if possible have a better performance against Derby on Wednesday.”

The home crowd once again showed their support for the team, and Vrancic said the atmosphere is crucial to keep them going.

He said: “It gives us a great boost during the game and I want to say thanks for the support again and please keep going like this.”

Looking ahead to next week, Vrancic said they want to continue that winning feeling.

“I think every win is important and it gives us some confidence and a great feeling,” he said. “We have great momentum but we need to carry on. Four wins in a row and five with the cup is a great momentum but we need to keep going especially against tough opponents like Derby. It is going to be very tough so we need to be prepared.”

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