December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The confidence inside Norwich City’s squad is not being affected by their winless start to the Premier League, says Spanish full-back Javier Garrido.
After three seasons of relentless success, the Canaries are having to make a slight adjustment this term as they aim to stabilise their top-flight status.
It’s a mission that has had mixed success so far, with Chris Hughton’s charges without a win in the league in five attempts – while Simeon Jackson’s opener against QPR and Robert Snodgrass’ equaliser at Tottenham are their only goals.
There will be a distraction of sorts tomorrow when Doncaster Rovers arrive for a League Cup third round tie (7.45pm), but Saturday’s visit from Liverpool – also without a three-point haul this season – looms large on the horizon. And Garrido, on a season-long loan at Carrow Road from Rome outfit Lazio, has trust in the path Hughton and his backroom staff are taking City.
“This run is not affecting our confidence,” asserted the likeable Spaniard. “Obviously it is very important for a team when you get the three points and you are winning games, and at the moment we have not won any.
“But the team is working hard, the team is confident and we trust what we are doing throughout the week in training.
“So that is the main thing, no? Just to be strong together, for all the team-mates to stay together and keep going, keep pushing.”
Former Sociedad and Valencia left-back Garrido is enjoying his second spell in English football, having spent three years at Manchester City from 2007 before moving to Lazio – and enjoying seems to be the operative word, despite the Canaries’ tricky start.
“At the moment I am so happy here,” said the 27-year-old Spaniard, who has played every minute of City’s Premier League campaign since their opening day hammering at Fulham.
“I played with Manchester City at Newcastle and in different stadiums, and I know this is a great league. I am so happy with where I am and I can’t wait for the months we have in front of us.”
With that kind of enthusiasm, Garrido has full faith City’s top-flight campaign will not follow the downward path some fear.
“The most important thing in football is that when you are not winning games, obviously it is not good – but you have to stay together,” he added.
“The team has been playing well, having the opportunities – serious opportunities – to score. OK, we didn’t, but we just need to keep going. I’m very sure the team will now be focused on the next few games and that is what we have to do.”