Norwich City deserve a slice of luck in the Premier League insists Alex Neil after West Brom win
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Alex Neil will take every break going between now and what he hopes is a successful Premier League survival story following a battling 1-0 win at West Brom.
Norwich's first top flight win since beating Southampton on January 2 had a touch of fortune attached when Matt Jarvis' miscue squirmed towards Robbie Brady who slotted from close range.
Neil, his players and long-suffering supporters have had to digest their share of hard luck stories and contentious officiating in a taxing top flight campaign to this stage.
'Maybe we got a break on the goal when it comes off Matt but there have been quite a few games this season when that has not been the case,' said Neil. 'If you try to keep doing the right things you get your breaks.
'When he put six minutes of stoppage time up I thought, 'Surely it can't happen again?' You go back to Leicester and after playing so well they score in the 89th minute and I am thinking to myself please don't take this one away from us today. He was listening, so we were alright.
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'I thought we deserved it. I felt we were in control totally. I didn't feel under pressure in the game. Normally against West Brom, because they are direct and put balls into the box, anything can happen but I thought our dominant lads in there were strong.'
Norwich's backline emerged with plaudits for a first away clean sheet this season but Neil was also impressed with Dieumerci Mbokani's shift leading the line.
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'I thought he was great, in terms of a physical presence and taking it in he was excellent and that is what he is capable of doing,' said Neil. 'I think the amount of bodies West Brom try to put behind the ball when you get it its important to try and get in behind them as quickly as you can. 'It does become difficult to break them down because they are so defensively organised and I always felt the game would be a little bit scrappy at times. The key was counter-attacks and trying to work the ball forward as quickly as you can with a bit of purpose.
'I looked at teams who had caused them problems this season and Leicester, in particular, got the ball into wide areas and got crosses in.'