Norwich boss Alex Neil explains what advice he had for Dieumerci Mbokani ahead of weekend win

The striker was involved against Newcastle despite being in the airport during the recent terror attacks in Brussels.

Alex Neil has explained what he told Dieumerci Mbokani ahead of Norwich's crucial Premier League clash against Newcastle, the Shields Gazette reports.

The 30-year-old played 85 minutes of the game at Carrow Road despite being in the same airport where the terror attacks in Brussels took place recently, and scored one of the goals that helped the Canaries win 3-2 against their relegation rivals.

And Neil has disclosed the advice he had for the striker ahead of the game against the Magpies, and also reflected on his performance as a whole.

"What I said to him was, whatever goes on in your personal life, off the field, you've always got football to fall back on – that's your release. Just go out, enjoy the game, play and do what you do," he said, as reported by the Shields Gazette.

"I thought he was great. His goal was magnificent and I thought his performance was magnificent. I thought he was excellent."

The dramatic victory for Neil's men - with Martin Olsson bagging the stoppage-time winner just four minutes after Aleksandar Mitrovic had equalised for Rafael Benitez's side - was a hugely important win for the team from East Anglia as it moved them four points clear of the bottom three, and arguably quashed any new manager momentum that had still existed on Tyneside following the Spaniard's arrival.

And the Norwich boss will be hoping that Mbokani can follow his goal against Newcastle by bagging several more before the end of the campaign to strengthen their hopes of staying up. 

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