Robbie Brady unscathed for once, while Gary O’Neil is happy with Norwich City’s resolve
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At least this time, Robbie Brady completed an entire 90 minutes for Norwich City.
From lost teeth to calf injuries and falling on his neck, it's been a pretty painful recent run in a yellow shirt for the Republic of Ireland man – but not so this weekend.
'I've had a bad few weeks with injuries,' said Brady. 'Different sorts of knocks but nothing major this time, so I was just happy to get through it unscathed and hopefully there won't be any more in the coming weeks.'
Brady also played his part in Martin Olsson's injury-time winner – even if it wasn't quite in the way he initially intended.
'I just tried to keep it alive – well, I tried to score,' smiled Brady at his failed bicycle-kick attempt. 'But the touch kept it alive and Jonny Howson was there to pick up second balls like he always does. And then Martin produced an excellent finish.
'There's no better way to win a game than like that – but you can do without the ups and downs. It's good for us as a squad and it gives us an extra boost to win a game like that, rather than a straight-forward win and I think it shows good character.'
Gary O'Neil – City's skipper for the day in Russell Martin's absence – admitted keeping Newcastle at bay was not as simple as some had hoped.
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'Being 1-0 down they had nothing to lose and again at 2-1 down, they threw caution to the wind,' he said. 'People say don't sit back, but when they end up with four up front, you can't not sit back because you can't just go up and leave them. So it becomes difficult and gets nervy.
'But the lads were great. We're disappointed we've lost our clean sheet run we had going because we were pleased with getting two of those on the trot. But once they brought on Mitrovic they had that threat in the air and the lads showed fantastic guts and that little bit of quality as well a couple of times at the end, to make sure we won.'
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