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Alan Neilson: The fight and the spirit today was really good

Under-23s coach Alan Neilson praised the battling qualities of his Norwich City youngsters as they scored a 90th minute winner to beat Sunderland at the Academy of Light.

The Canaries had led three times in the match, through Tom Dickson-Peters, Abu Kamara and Tony Springett. However, on each occasion they were pegged back by a determined Sunderland side. So, therefore, the team showed great character to get a stoppage time winner as Lewis Gibbs sent a free kick into the penalty area for Jon Tomkinson to head home.

“It was a really, really good game not just football wise but because it was a little bit windy at Sunderland today and the lads really battled and scraped,” said Alan. “They took the lead and then it was 1-1, then they went ahead again twice only to get pegged back both times, but they kept on trying to play their football. The fight and the spirit today was really good.

“It was a deserved win. I think if we hadn’t have got the three points it would have been a little bit unjust, but sometimes in football you don’t always get what you deserve.”

It has been a good start to the season for Norwich City Under-23s as the team opened the campaign with a 3-0 win away at Southampton and, despite a 1-0 loss to Stoke City at Carrow Road last time out, the team put in a good performance in that match as well.

“If people know me, I am a little bit of a nit-picker and I will always say that we can do this better, or that better, but we are really happy with the players and how they are applied themselves,” added Alan. “Now we have got to go into an international break. We can recharge them again, work them hard in training and get ready for the next game at home to Aston Villa at Carrow Road.”

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