December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The signs were promising from Johan Elmander as Norwich City rolled over Bury on Tuesday, and he promised there is more to come.
The 32-year-old striker added a full 90 minutes – and his first two City goals – to his cameo debut at Hull following Thursday’s arrival on a season-loan from Galatasaray. Now the former Bolton star, who copped plenty of stick from the Bury support for it, hopes to get going in the Premier League.
“It was a really fun night,” said Elmander. “It’s always nice to win, especially after we lost at the weekend. So it was very good for everybody.
“It was perfect; really nice to get out on the pitch and play. It was nice also to get 90 minutes because it was a couple of months ago I last got 90 minutes.
“I felt good for 65, 70 minutes and then I started to get a little tired, but I haven’t played that many games in the last couple of weeks and months, so that’s normal. Maybe a couple more weeks and then I’ll be at my top fitness for 90 minutes.”
The Swede’s City debut at Hull came after little training with his new team-mates, and there already seemed a better understanding three days later – albeit it against League Two opposition. A little more time and Elmander expects to be up to speed with the rest of City’s squad.
“Everyone is very nice in the dressing room,” added Elmander. “They’ve been really taking care of me since the first day I came and now I have to learn a little bit about the players too. If they are left-footed, right-footed, where they want the ball and everything. That takes a bit of time, maybe 14 days, and then I will know how they want the balls.
“Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) and Leroy (Fer) have been training together for a little longer and they were on the training camp together. So I think it’s just me (catching up). It may still take (the other signings) a little bit of time too but they’ve trained a lot together so I don’t think that’s a problem now.”
Elmander added: “Of course I want to be involved on Saturday (against Southampton). We want to have a victory then, so we will fight for it.
“You want to have a good start to the season. We had a good game against Everton and then a big disappointment against Hull, and hopefully we are going to get the first three points here so we can shoot up the table.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.