08 Apr 2016
LG PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK AWARD: NEIL STEALS A MARCH IN RACE FOR SURVIVAL WITH LAST GASP WINNER
The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Norwich City following their crucial 3-2 victory against relegation rivals, Newcastle United, in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 2nd April 2016.
The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.
Norwich City’s manager, Alex Neil, will receive a specially commissioned trophy made by world renowned silversmiths and LMA Partner, Thomas Lyte of London, in a presentation to commemorate the award; his second of this outstanding Barclays Premier League campaign.
The importance of the win will become clear at the end of the season, with Norwich moving 4 points clear of the relegation zone and 6 points clear on Newcastle, who have a game in hand.
At the end of a tentative first half for both teams, Norwich defender Timm Klose rose above his marker to give Norwich the advantage in injury time.
The second half then burst into action as the two teams exchanged blows, with Aleksandar Mitrovic equalizing twice for the visitors either side of Dieumerci Mbokani’s stunning strike.
However, a last minute gamble from Martin Olsson secured a dramatic win for Neil’s side as he strode into the Newcastle box from left-back to fire past Newcastle’s keeper Karl Darlow.
Alex Neil told BBC Sport: "It was a strange game but we were the better team throughout. It looked as if we were going to fail to capitalise but that's the best way to win a game.
"We went through the other side against Liverpool, conceding in the last minute of stoppage time, so huge credit to the players. We have great spirit here and we showed that in abundance.
"Football is an entertainment sport and everyone has gone home with their money's worth. We have started to turn it around, that's seven points in three games."