Martin Olsson - No crisis of confidence for Norwich City’s struggling strikeforce

Norwich City striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is still waiting for a second Premier League goal. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is still waiting for a second Premier League goal. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:51 AM

Norwich City’s Martin Olsson insists the club’s strikers are strong enough to cope with any flak from the Canaries’ sparse goal return.

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Only Crystal Palace and Cardiff have mustered fewer than City’s 20 Premier League goals this season but Olsson is adamant players with the pedigree of Swedish international team mate Johan Elmander and club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel are big enough characters to respond.

“Ricky is taking it in his stride. He comes into training every day with a smile on his face and he is laughing. He still has plenty of confidence and he is a good striker,” said Olsson. “They are still trying to get into those good positions and demanding the ball and we all know here that he is a good striker.

“It is hard to put your finger on it. I really feel at times we have been unlucky and you just hope the goals will come and hopefully soon.

“I see what they do in training. It is not just down to the strikers, you have to blame all of us.

“They of course are expected to score most of the goals but the midfielders and the defenders need to chip in. I know they are frustrated. I speak to Johan, as I know him better and he is frustrated.

“They are working every day after training on their finishing. Of course as a striker if you don’t score it will affect the confidence but the one thing you know is it can turn just as quickly if you get a goal.”

Olsson played his part in last weekend’s stirring 1-0 top flight win over Tottenham and the Swede believes City reaped the benefits from an 11-day break to prepare for the final push.

“Sometimes it is good to get a break. I think mentally as much as physically a break can help. It has given us a chance to refresh and come back stronger,” he said.

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