Norwich City 2 Leeds United 3: Monk hails Whites’ battling qualities

Garry Monk. Picture by Simon Hulme
Garry Monk. Picture by Simon Hulme
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Garry Monk thought his side fully deserved their 3-2 win against Norwich - even though they needed a superbly struck long range effort from teenager Ronaldo Vieira in injury-time to take the three points.

Norwich, under pressure after a 5-0 defeat at Brighton last week, led at half-time through Robbie Brady’s header, only for Leeds to deservedly turn the game on its head with goals through Pontus Jansson - his first for the club - and Chris Wood.

Kyle Lafferty got the Canaries back on terms on 87 minutes with virtually his first touch after coming off the bench, but fellow sub Vieira had the final say.

“Over the course of the game I thought we were the better team and got what we deserved in the end, “ Monk said.

“I think the first 20 minutes was the best start to a game we have had since I have been here, We looked sharp, should have put some of our chances away and then found ourselves behind when we conceded a really poor goal.

“I told the lads at half-time that if they repeated those first 20 minutes in the second half there was a result to be had and full credit to the lads, they went out there and did just that.

Pontus Jansson.

Pontus Jansson.

“We showed the spirit in the group to get back in front and when they equalised we came back at them again and got the result we deserved at a very difficult place to come. It was a great strike from Ronny, a goal worthy of winning any game,”

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Monk was keeping his feet on the ground after being told the victory had lifted his side into the top six.

“That’s one for the fans to enjoy,” he said. “It’s a great result but there is nothing to be won yet. We know we are not the finished article yet but we are making good progress, with a lot of young players in the group, when you consider we have only been here for four or five months, as have a lot of the players. It is work in progress - and if everyone keeps working hard then we should keeping getting good results.”

Ronaldo Vieira celebrates the winning goal. Picture by Simon Hulme

Ronaldo Vieira celebrates the winning goal. Picture by Simon Hulme

Norwich, now without a win in four league games, were second best in the opening period but somehow went in behind after Brady’s looping header from a corner crept in in the 24th minute.

The impressive visitors then turned the game on its head, with defender Jansson nodding home his first goal for the club and Wood blasting home a cut-back from Luke Ayling to make it 2-1 with 16 minutes to play.

The Canaries looked as though they had rescued a point they scarcely deserved three minutes from time when substitute Lafferty slid the ball home with virtually his first touch.

The drama was not over, however, as Leeds won a free-kick 35 yards from their next attack and 18-year-old Vieira opened his account for the club after Eunan O’Kane had touched the ball to him.

Leeds fans celebrate the win. Picture by Simon Hulme

Leeds fans celebrate the win. Picture by Simon Hulme

Norwich boss Alex Neil felt his side still had last week’s 5-0 drubbing at Brighton on their minds as they let the game slip in the second half.

“I thought we were a bit nervy early on but once we got our goal we settled down and at half-time I told them to go out and get the second goal.

“But once Leeds scored there was a fear about us and although there was nothing wrong with the lads’ effort it was obviously a very disappointing result.

“It’s a difficult time but three weeks ago we were top of the league. I don’t think I have become a bad manager in three weeks and I don’t think the players have become bad players in three weeks either.

“Having said that I accept the buck stops with me - if we do well I get praised and if we are doing badly I get criticism, I fully accept that.

“We just need to raise our game and turn this around. We need to start winning games, it’s as simple as that.”


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