Alex Neil savours Norwich City’s sweet Premier League win against Newcastle in a Carrow Road epic
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Alex Neil hailed the 'sweetest' of wins after beating Newcastle 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League relegation duel at Carrow Road.
Martin Olsson's 93rd minute winner sparked wild celebrations after Aleksandar Mitrovic had equalised for the Magpies with a late penalty.
Timm Klose and Dieumerci Mbokani were also on target either side of Mitrovic's looping header to seal a result that moved Norwich four points clear of the bottom three after Sunderland's goalless draw against West Brom.
Neil admitted Norwich's second consecutive top flight win was a major signal of intent but insisted it was not the biggest win of his fledgling managerial career.
'It doesn't top winning the play-off final because without that we wouldn't be here but it gives us three points with six games to play,' he said. 'In my short time in management I have never had one season that peters out. It just means you are constantly under pressure. Today was a crucial win for us. More often than not I have found myself on the end of good results.
'I have always believed. I have never had any thoughts for one second we are not good enough or we don't have enough to get there. My belief has never wavered. I think the players believe but they will look at it and think we have a really good chance now. In these next two games we can put points on the board and the form we are in and the momentum we have got there is no reason we can't add to that.
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'Obviously we took the lead twice and I felt deservedly so. I felt we were the better side throughout the game and I thought we deserved to win the game. At 2-2 you fear the worst. With Martin scoring that late goal there is no sweeter feeling.'
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