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Alex Tettey expects to see Vadis Odjidja getting Norwich City starts after his Southampton magic

It was a great goal to kick-off the new year – one that owed as much to the magic that conjured the chance.

Alex Tettey is good at scoring memorable goals. Important ones too. But after the dust began to settle on a superb win for Norwich City, there was as much talk about the skills that helped set up the game’s defining opportunity from substitute Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

“In training, I know you are not there to see what he is doing but he has been really impressive recently,” said Tettey of Vadis.

“The gaffer has obviously seen that and now given him some playing time, and surely you will see him starting games. Everyone saw when he came on what he did, so he is doing really well and he has to continue doing that.

“It felt great when I hit the ball and I was really happy with the strike. When I had the contact, I looked up and saw it was going in. It was a great goal, and a great entrance from Vadis.

“I told him he did very well when he came on. It was a great assist from him. It was all great team-work and a massive win. We knew we had to try to get back-to-back wins, so we’re very pleased to win two games in a row – we haven’t done that all season, so we’re really happy.”

Not only this season. It’s also a feat City failed to achieve on their way to relegation in 2013-14 – a Premier League run of 58 games that was finally put to bed alongside a second successive clean sheet of the season.

“For the defenders and Dec (Rudd) as well, it’s great,” added Tettey. “Dec has come into the team and now has two clean sheets in a row. So for us and the midfield, the whole team, we are really pleased because where we are, if you don’t win and you let in goals then you are going somewhere where you don’t want to be.

“But if you win and you don’t let in goals, you are looking forward – and that’s what we all want.”

With only six teams accumulating more Premier League points at home than the Canaries following Saturday’s win over 10-man Southampton, City closed the weekend 15th in the top flight with fresh belief they will complete their survival mission over the coming months.

The bottom-three buffer stands at six points thanks to Alex Tettey’s second match-winning goal in four games.

“It wasn’t a toe poke this time – but surely it was nice to do a Yaya Toure,” beamed Tettey at bringing the Manchester City star’s technique in scoring at Arsenal to Carrow Road.

The two are due to face each other in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie – kicking off seven days that include league trips to Stoke and Bournemouth.

Follow Michael Bailey on Twitter @michaeljbailey

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