Friday 23 March 2018

Brady gives Norwich fresh hope

West Brom 0 Norwich City 1

Norwich City's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the winning goal. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Norwich City's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the winning goal. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Robbie Brady puts the ball away to secure the win for Norwich City. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Nick Mashiter

Norwich boss Alex Neil is delighted that survival is now in his team's hands after Robbie Brady's second-half strike earned the Canaries their first win for over two months, and moved them three points clear of the Premier League bottom three.

They will drop back in on goal difference if Sunderland win their north-east derby against Newcastle, but Brady's winner eased the mounting pressure on Neil's men after 11 winless games.

Norwich, who kept their first away clean sheet of the season, host the Magpies and the Black Cats in their final seven games. "The fact it's up to us to keep ourselves in the league is the most important thing," said Neil. "The next games dictate how big it becomes. I spoke about the next five games coming up and this was the first. The fact we managed to win this one means the next one at home to Newcastle gives us something to build on."

Brady was withdrawn with 13 minutes left after landing on the back of his neck following a challenge by Craig Dawson but will link up with the Republic of Ireland today for their games against Switzerland and Slovakia before being assessed.

"He landed on his neck and we wanted to make sure we took precautions by taking him off. If he's okay to play (for Ireland) he'll take part. If he's not, I'm sure the doctors will do the right thing," said Neil.

Boss Tony Pulis felt Norwich were no better but conceded his side were poor after three wins from their previous five games. "We have played so well over the last month or so, to put in a performance like that is really disappointing," he said.

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