Alex Neil says the introduction of substitute Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe was a turning point in Norwich City’s 1-0 victory over Southampton at Carrow Road.
Alex Tettey’s winning goal earned all three points, just like it did at Old Trafford before Christmas, as Norwich continued their impressive form.
Those victories bookend a run of three wins from four Premier League games that have lifted the Canaries six points clear of the relegation zone. Many of the plaudits headed the way of Belgian international forward Odjidja-Ofoe – who has struggled for first-team football in East Anglia – whose introduction on the hour helped conjure up the game’s only goal.
“We had three real good chances in the first half, and unfortunately we couldn’t take any of them,” said Norwich boss Neil.
“There was a lull in the game at about the hour mark and we needed to force the issue – which is when Vadis came on and I thought he really injected some quality and creativity going forward, and he created the goal for us.
“I’m over the moon with the boys in particular, because when you are going through difficult spells, there have been questions posed about them and me – and the best way to deal with it is to win games.
“We’ve won some crucial games now and kept two clean sheets as well, so there are a lot of positives to take.”