There were some ominous mutterings around the Norwich City faithful as Everton’s blistering start brought a 12th reward from Steven Naismith.

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Earlier in the season, such beginnings would see the Canaries efficiently dispatched – an experience that will be familiar to the Toffees’ Merseyside neighbours Liverpool.

But as the campaign motors on, not only do those initial City frailties drift into history but Chris Hughton’s men continue to prove they are lessons Norwich have learnt.

It is a theory left-back Javier Garrido buys into – a defender whose Spanish forward flair has now delivered two wonderful crosses, two cracking goals and four priceless Premier League points.

“Obviously when you are doing well in the last few games the spirit of the team may be changes things a little bit from before,” said Garrido. “We may be more comfortable and we keep going for the draw (when behind) and even for the win, so maybe that is the main change that has happened and that comes through winning games. So it’s a good time for us now.

“It is not easy to take a point from here. They are a very difficult team. They make the pressure high up the pitch and in the first half they made us feel uncomfortable.

“Maybe the second half we did better and we drew, which is very important for us. It’s a great run so we need to enjoy it and look forward to the next game, which is Southampton. The team spirit is so high that we need to keep going and get that win.”

After teeing up Anthony Pilkington’s famous winner over Manchester United last weekend, it was Garrido’s last minute free-kick that saw Sebastien Bassong nod home City’s late equaliser at Goodison. Both left fans with a Saturday evening smile.

“Yes I am happy – I always to try to help the team and this is a great moment not just for me but for all of my team-mates, so I’m happy for everyone,” added the Spaniard, on a season-long loan from Lazio.

“It’s not easy to play that kind of team, like United, but it’s not easy even to take a point from Goodison Park, so I’m happy for the last few games we have played and today, even though we didn’t play very good football, in the second half we tried to do something more. That it happened is a good thing to take forward to improve.

“Everton are a very difficult team to play against. They have got a high tempo and very good players. Marouane Fellaini (who was suspended) maybe is a very good player for them and he didn’t play today, but they still have great players who can hurt you, so they are a very good team.

“Fellaini is a great player and it was better for us when a player like this is not playing, but I repeat, they still have very good players in their squad so any player can play and do well. To get a point is a very good day for us.”

The feeling of late goals is familiar to Norwich fans, of course – their rise through the leagues glistening with points won from unlikely late scenarios. And although Garrido admitted City’s recent knack was not one he was aware of before Saturday, he knew exactly why it was a useful trait to own.

“I didn’t know that – but that’s our strength, that we never give up and even when we are losing the game we keep going,” he said. “So right now I think we need to keep going with this way and for the next games. We need to work hard and concede fewer goals as much as possible, so right now we have got clean sheets and that is good for the defenders and for the team.

“We need to keep going step by step, and we have not lost for a while, so that is important always to be unbeaten and winning games.”

In a break from the Premier League norm, City return to action quickly with a tricky trip to Southampton on Wednesday evening.

“We know who we are and we have to go with humility,” he added.

“It’s the one thing we have got into our minds, so step by step we will see what’s going to happen. The future it’s difficult to say right now, but we are in a good position.”

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10 comments

  • What a fantastic delivery from him to get the equaliser, that ball is an absolute nightmare to defend and Bassong made the most of it, 2 brilliant acquisitions. As Dubai said, I hope he signs permanently.

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    Billy

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Good player, Garrido, though he does seem to have occasional concentration lapses. Other than that, he is strangely unspectacular but efficient, not at all the Basquetcase stereotype. Almost English-style. Learned that at ManC, maybe? Can`t see Marc getting a look in while Javier`s fit. Even then, Whittaker can do both sides, plus we have Cafu, Benno1 & Benno2(?) for the other side. I think when\if things really click, we might actually give somebody a good thrashing, ere long. The old Clinical Cliché.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • canarytim, if I`d said that there`d be accusations of pedantry, probably from `goldie`. But you are absolutely right! ;-) OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Canarytim......people always refer to a brilliant bit of play, or scoring a goal as "securing the three points". They dont say "securing the additional 2 points in addition to the one they already had". I dont see the point in your post other than to get your name shown. This site does a good job of giving us lots of info and some useful insights. Why are people always so picky about the journalism? Drives me nuts.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • canarytim is right in every way, CanaryWest. It doesn`t take any more effort to be correct as opposed to..... incorrect. You only posted your item to get your name shown, otherwise what was the point? There is a new Action Group called "Support Sloppy Journalism". Sign up, now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • "It is a theory left-back Javier Garrido buys into – a defender whose Spanish forward flair has now delivered two wonderful crosses, two cracking goals and four priceless Premier League points." Technically it's only three points, not four: two points the difference between the draw and the win against United and one point against Everton. It would only have been four points if we would have been losing against United. If that had been the case we would have needed 2 goals to move from a losing position to a winning one.

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    canarytim

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Good player, Garrido, though he does seem to have occasional concentration lapses. Other than that, he is strangely unspectacular but efficient, not at all the Basquetcase stereotype. Almost English-style. Learned that at ManC, maybe? Can`t see Marc getting a look in while Javier`s fit. Even then, Whittaker can do both sides, plus we have Cafu, Benno1 & Benno2(?) for the other side. I think when\if things really click, we might actually give somebody a good thrashing, ere long. The old Clinical Cliché.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Garrido having a great season, hope he signs permanently soon ! All we need if for Pilks, Snods and Howson to get their shooting radar on and we could have golas a-plenty from these attaching midfielders too....

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Don't be too humble, Javier. It's a winnable game so go there with confidence (though we could have done without the Saints just beating Newcastle convincingly.)

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Mad Brewer, the point of my post was to tell people to stop being so pedantic when the point the journalist is making is totally clear to all except those anal people who like to point out such things. Unlike you I do not feel the need to comment on every single article posted, as I dont like the sound of my own voice as much as you clearly do.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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