Norwich City deliver the right answer to their Championship doubters, insisted Alex Neil after 2-1 win at Wolves
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Alex Neil was adamant Norwich City's battling 2-1 Championship win against Wolves answered some of the doubters fretting about his squad's Championship pedigree.
City got back to winning ways with Cameron Jerome and Robbie Brady securing a hard-fought victory to bounce back from the midweek 4-3 stoppage time defeat at Newcastle.
Dave Edwards' 80th minute header set up another of those fraught finales but Norwich's defensive resolve held firm at Molineux to go into the latest international break on a high.
'Newcastle was tough to take. For the players, for the fans, for me and the disappointing thing is after winning five out of six you hear people questioning how are we going to come back from that,' said Neil. 'I think we showed here that it has not affected us. We got the early goal and we deserved to win the match over the piece. I put Ryan (Bennett) on again and we go five at the back but this time he gets up and wins a key header. That is the difference between winning and losing a game sometimes. Sometimes they (substitutions) work for you, on other occasions they don't work for you.
'We needed to win the game because if you looked at the table prior to the game we had dropped down to fifth. Now I know that is not crucial at this stage but we don't want to give these teams any leads on us that we have to chase as the season goes on. I think it was important we came here and won the game. We just need to keep a steady head because if we are there in and around Christmas then from there onwards dictates whether you go up or not.
'They are a good side at home. They have signed some quality players at the top end of the pitch and I felt some of our passing and movement in the first half was great. We should have been more than 1-0 up before Robbie Brady's goal. Jacob had a great chance before the break.'