Ronny Deila made a winning return to management as Valerenga enjoyed a 3-0 win away to Tromso to take a giant step away from a relegation play off place.
The former Celtic boss was due to take over at the end of the season but was called in early as Valerenga plunged towards the drop zone.
With the match a genuine six pointer the home side allowed fans in for the equivalent of one penny but it was the visiting supporters that were celebrating at full time.
After six matches without a win Henrik Johansen opened the scoring in the 49th minute. Further goals from Mohammed Abdellaoue and Ghayas Zahid put the result beyond Tromso and eased the play-off fears of Valerenga.
After the announcement that he was taking charge was made Deila said: “We think it is a good solution and I am very excited to be with the team now.
“There will be no major changes, but sometimes it is nice to get a new voice and maybe it’s good that the voice has been on the beach for three months and not been involved in a long and hard season.
“We have shown previously that we can beat anyone in this league but we need to raise the performance we had against Stabaek (a 1-1 home draw).
“The training has been very good. Now it’s about finding the right level of tension. I am very optimistic. I look forward to fighting and it is wonderful to be going again.”
Next Sunday Valerenga are at home to Lillestrom knowing that a win will put them clear of the play-off spot with one match left to play.
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