Alex Neil happy with Norwich City’s 2-1 victory over Walsall in pre-season friendly

Norwich City boss Alex Neil. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City manager Alex Neil said he was pleased with the performance of his players after they beat League One side Walsall 2-1 in their first pre-season friendly.

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The game was played behind closed doors at St George's Park on Saturday, with no press or fans allowed.

Norwich City won the game with goals from Ryan Bennett and Cameron Jerome.

After the game Alex Neil said: 'It's always good for the players to get the win.

'Getting through the game without injuries was important, and we did that. We were able to get 45 minutes in their legs so all in all it was a positive.

'Sharing the time out among the lads is key to get them all ready for the season. There were also some young lads mixed in, with eight of those forming part of the 22.

'They all got time on the pitch, which is great for them, and they all did really well.

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'We had a few players missing today with minor knocks but nothing long-term. We're hoping those who weren't involved will be joining back in with us soon.

'This coming week we have two games, which will be good for us. After that we'll have the trip to Austria and two competitive games out there.

'We'll be well prepared for the season to start, and we're looking to add a little bit before that as well.'