Debut display of Ajax loanee Mitchell Dijks delights Norwich City boss Alex Neil
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The satisfaction of a first away win in four months was enjoyed even more by manager Alex Neil after his players proved they can handle the Championship's physical fight.
Centre-back Timm Klose received plenty of praise for his performance in City's dogged 1-0 win at Cardiff, which has stretched the Canaries' winning streak to three matches.
It was the debut performance of Ajax loanee Mitchell Dijks, just four days after signing, which Neil was really pleased with though.
'I thought he was excellent,' the Scot said of the left-back's display. 'For a guy coming from Holland, never played in the Championship before, the lad's had a winter break and I don't think had played since the seventh of January.
'I thought he was physically dominant, strong, totally controlled his side of the pitch and I thought he was excellent for us, he did really well.
'He's got a great left foot, he's a big lad, six-foot-four, but he plays six-foot-four. A lot of times you see big lads and they play like a wee mouse but I thought the big man was solid, he was strong and he'll be a real asset for us.'
Playing alongside Klose on the left side of City's defence in South Wales, the Bluebirds struggled to break down a stubborn resistance.
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The Switzerland international had struggled with the physicality of the Championship at times but is now looking back to his best.
'I thought he was really dominant, in terms of aerial battle he stood up and was good in the air,' Neil added of Klose's display, ahead of turning his attentions to tomorrow night's trip to struggling Wigan Athletic. 'We know we've got good technical players that can play a passing game but what we've tried is to go away to places like Barnsley, and Rotherham and tried to play that way.
'When your mindset is just pass, pass, pass, they get in your face and they make it difficult. So we came with a different mindset, that we're going to have to make sure that we compete on that side of the game and it's going to be ugly at times.
'However, with the technique and quality we do have we knew we would create opportunities, that's what the likes of Wes Hoolahan are in the team for and lo and behold he puts a great cross in and Cameron's physically strong and gets his head on the end of it.'