Dieumerci Mbokani has said Norwich are committed to avoiding the Premier League drop following their 2-0 win against doomed Aston Villa.
The 30-year-old, on loan from Dynamo Kiev, marked only his fourth Premier League start for the Canaries with a 87th-minute header which sealed a vital three points for Norwich, who are now three points clear of the drop zone alongside Chelsea and Bournemouth.
Speaking to Norwich’s official website after the game, Mbokani was quick to thank boss Alex Neil and was pleased he could repay the faith shown in him by the Canaries boss.
“I believe that [the] was Alex Neil’s decision because I have been working hard throughout the week,” the forward explained.
“There were some moments where I was injured but at the current time I am feeling very well, and I am going to continue working towards scoring more goals for Norwich.
“The objective is to remain in the top division. We are going to continue like this, and for the next match we want to play in this manner again.”
Also on the scoresheet in the first half for Norwich was midfielder Jonny Howson, who reflected on another positive year with the club after he joined from Leeds United in 2012.
“There’s a long way to go but it’s been a memorable year for everyone involved with Norwich. Hopefully we can make more memories in the year to come,” he told Norwich City TV.
On the Aston Villa victory itself, he added: “We got the three points as well as a clean sheet, which is pleasing.
“We’ll take it one game at a time without looking too far ahead because the main aim is to stay in the division.”
Norwich start 2016 with a home encounter against Southampton, before away trips to Stoke City and fellow relegation-battlers Bournemouth.