Alex Neil - The best is yet to come from Dieumerci Mbokani at Norwich City
06:00 29 December 2015
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Alex Neil hailed Dieumerci Mbokani’s starring role in Norwich City’s vital 2-0 Premier League win against relegation-threatened Aston Villa.
The on-loan striker capped a marauding display at Carrow Road with a late match-clinching header, following Jonny Howson’s first half strike, to seal a priceless victory for the Canaries.
City moved three points clear of the bottom three after moving onto 20 points at the halfway stage of the season.
“Mbokani was the stand-out player for me. I thought he was fantastic for us,” said Neil. “He really led the line, took the ball in, and got his goal. I thought Declan Rudd was excellent in goal and my two centre-backs dealt with their players well, but it is hard to lead that line. Dieumerci is more than capable of doing it and he did it great for us.
“He has been a bit unfortunate in that he has played in some difficult matches. I put him in at Chelsea and he probably didn’t do as well as we would have liked, but he was playing against John Terry and Kurt Zouma by himself and that is not easy.
“He can be a real handful for us and this was the perfect game. He did more than I could ask from him so I was really, really chuffed. I think he’ll be a real force for us in the second half of the season. He has three goals from six starts now, which is a good return, and if he continues to play like that he’ll be fine.”