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Grant Hanley: We showed huge character to win

Grant Hanley was delighted with the character Norwich City showed to come from behind and take three points at home to Southampton.

The new era under Dean Smith got off to a difficult start when Che Adams fired home inside four minutes.

However, City responded immediately through Teemu Pukki and Hanley, on his 30th birthday, nodded home with ten minutes left to give Smith a dream first game in charge.

Speaking afterwards, the City captain said: "Anytime in the Premier League you pick up back-to-back wins, it's huge.

"We didn't get off to a great start, it was tough. We did well to show a reaction and score quickly.

"First-half wasn't great but the lads showed lots of character after half-time to get ourselves back in the game.

"We were the better side in the second-half and I think we deserved the result in the end."

City were on the backfoot for most of the first-half, with Southampton's intensity causing them issues.

However, Smith brought Josh Sargent on in the second-half, and the change appeared to turn the tide in the match, as City went on to dominate and find a cutting edge.

"We got out of our box a bit better and we played in their half more," added Hanley. "We got on the front foot and imposed ourselves on the game. We also showed a bit more personality.

"I think we probably deserved the result in the end. After scoring the goal, we knew they were going to throw everything at us. The quality they've got from set plays is good, but we dug in and got the win."

Hanley finished by saying it's important City don't get too far ahead of themselves, following back-to-back wins.

"It's important for us, but it's also important not to get too far ahead of ourselves.

"We need to recover well and be ready to prepare for next week because it's another big game."

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