Norwich City captain Grant Holt - We’re not safe yet

Grant Holt believes playing against the Premier League's elite brings the best out of him and his team-mates. Grant Holt believes playing against the Premier League's elite brings the best out of him and his team-mates.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
10:18 AM

Norwich City captain Grant Holt insists the Canaries still aren’t safe from the Premier League trapdoor.

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City’s late show against Everton fluffed up the club’s cushion to eight points between themselves and the relegation zone but Holt believes there is still plenty of work to be done.

Before Saturday’s victory, City had gone nine matches without a win in the league and Holt knows a similar run could see those fears of entering the dreaded drop zone return.

When asked if City are now virtually safe, Holt replied: “I don’t think so. We know what this league is like. You can easily go four or five games without getting a win but we are confident.

“We’ve done well in the last few weeks and we will move on to Man U and some tough home games coming up.”

Holt acknowledges his goal against Everton has given City some breathing space before they go to champions-in-waiting, Manchester United, on Saturday.

As City picked up maximum points the likes of QPR, Aston Villa and Reading all faltered – news that went down particularly well in the Carrow Road dressing room.

“When you’re on there you don’t realise the relevance of the result,” he said. “When you come off you realise just how big it is. I think that takes us to an eight-point cushion so we will go away happy.

“We will go to Man U next week where no-one expects us to get anything and we will do what we do best and try to upset the odds.”

Norwich are of course one of the few teams with the chance to ‘double’ United after Anthony Pilkington’s goal gave them a famous win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side back in November.

While the odds will be stacked against City achieving a similar feat, Holt believes playing against the Premier League’s elite brings the best out of him and his team-mates.

“We will just do what we do – wherever we go we always put in a performance to try and take it,” he said.

“Normally against the bigger boys we do ok. We work hard as a unit and hopefully we can do that next week.”

Holt is likely to return to a lone striking role on Saturday after having first Luciano Becchio and then Kei Kamara for company against Everton.

The City skipper has often had to sacrifice his goal threat this season in manager Chris Hughton’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation but Holt insists he is happy with whatever system the Canaries’ boss deploys.

“It’s just horses for courses – whatever the manager decides to do you’ve just got to run with it,” he said.

“Obviously it’s different to have that type of player (a second striker) – you can run off and do other bits and bobs. I enjoy it but if he goes back to 4-4-1-1 next week I will enjoy that as well.

“You’ve just got to do a job for the team – thankfully we played 4-4-2 (against Everton) and got the points.”

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43 comments

  • Wold you prefer the term "clique" mjc

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • How is what he typed irony? Do you understand english words?

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Well, Brewer, Lobbo and others just remember the old Frank Zappa album, "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic".

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • ….Canary West!... If we get a point at Man Utd on Saturday, that will really mean we have LOST two more of the available points.....Thats not a bonus, thats a consolation!...Think positive!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Just a bit of banter steady on. I enjoy your postings, but don't be too hard on fellow canary fans, some of your comments are a little harsh.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • We are the only side this season who can do the double over Man Utd in the league. Do that research

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    Cannock Canary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • There are lots of things I'd prefer , but it appears you won't be doing any of them . Hey ho such is life ; )

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Gruff , looked the boy up and he he looks quite handy . Only downside is he's a centre half , is Wolfie worth the money they were after ?

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Brew, ta for the concern. Had an idea on how tackle 'steady on' if everyone copied and paste'd the following, " I wait with bated breath for Steady On's first posting when he actually suggests (in a constructive manner, as we all do) a way of improving our team and moving it forward." Then he would be overloaded with the same comment from lots of different people. Sounds like a laugh to me.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Read the comment below, then tell me I'm the one with unrealistic views Brewer et al. Looks like I've cut the weakest one off from the herd.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • mjc75, no, its gone silly what they want, he gets pushed off the ball too easily and that's in Portugal where they don't play rough and tumble like the Prem. Dier would be a bargain now but not later.

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    Gruff

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Kei Kamara will score against Man U as he did back with Kansas. He will then change his name by deed poll to Coy Kamaaara in recognition of the fact that he will be seeing out his career in good ole' Norrrrfolk. :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • LYB - I think Koi (as in carp) Kamaaara would be a good spelling for the name change - might appeal to a new army of Nollidge Sitti fans in the Far East !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Holty is right, we are not safe yet. We probably need 6 more points to be 'safe'. We can get three of them on Saturday at old Trafford. Yes, we are the only team who can still do the double over United this season ! City are on a high after beating Everton and Kamara is proving to be a sensation. By the way, Kamara has already scored the winner in a game against United, so I am sure the prospect of doing so again at 'The Theater of Dreams' is on his mind right now. Realistically, United are so far ahead of the pack that the PL is all but in the bag. Fergie will have one eye already on their big Champions League game on Tuesday 5 March. He is sure to spare his big guns for that, so a resurgent City up against United's 'second string' could be full of surprises ! Lets hope the trip Up North it is a happy one for Hoots and the boys. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • 2 comments disappeared, if they appear later I apologise. My voices tell me I'm not Brewer or Lobbo.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Brew, if you check out the "Norwich City boss Chris Hughton never had any doubts" article you'll see that 'steady on' thinks we are one and the same. Did make me chuckle.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Talking about Chris Martin, I went to the game last year and he actually played. Can you believe that.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Mjc, for the record I consider you one of the stronger members of the herd. You will survive, some wont but that's the circle of life bud.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Well, there`s a turn up, Lobbo! I hope you don`t feel too insulted. In the past, MBA & I have been accused of being "one & the same" - (it`s the name; MB-MBA...) and even worse, I was once accused of being Ged!! On that "no doubts - Hughton" thread, DocOhNo touches on tautology; what with my musings on paradox etc, Doc is at risk of being accused of being me too! And vice-versa, tautologically speaking. Just keep cheering Little Benno on at Colney, Lobbo! ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Of course we are not safe yet, we only have 32 points. With Grant Holt terrorising the premier league with 2 goals in the last 18 games it may be a while yet before we are safe. Having said that, I do feel strangely optimistic about our chances on Saturday. Good luck to the team; play positively and something positive might happen. I do think we are capable of getting points from at least 8 of our remaining fixtures and a point at Man Utd would be a great bonus.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Good research,liked it!

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Don't know where those block caps came from!

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Cannock; the other 2 who`ve beaten United once have already played them twice? Forgotten who they are now! Wouldn`t it be great if we could `do that thang`? Big ask, but you never know. I have my bet on for a 1-2 city win. Optimist, or what? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I should think RvP won`t be risked anyway, after throwing himself into the Kamara pit last W\E. What a difference a single result can make to optimism levels! Not so long ago it was almost `accepted wisdom` that damage limitation should be our ambition vs the "Big Boys". We have beaten MU, Ar***al, Everton & Spurs (L Cup). Also gave the much-vaunted Swansea a lesson until 2nd. half jitters set in. Still won, though! That Stoke win wasn`t bad either, they are awful to play against. We maybe let ourselves down a tad in some of the `winnable` games (& in the Cups) - let`s hope we see off the likes of Soton, Reading et al second time around. Good ol` Holty!! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I don`t like cliques - OK for journos. Irony`s OK. Herd mentality? Not on your life. I almost thought the board had become an antagonism-free zone; there were encouraging signs. It still could happen...... Wouldn`t it be good if we could all play nicely together? - without being cliquey, of course. Good news if we should get some sort of fee for CM, ScotCan.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • I often think of GED as the last 2 syllables of your 1st word

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Quick, someone phone the Samaritans!

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

  • Knocked out of the League Cup at home by our nemesis Villa, knocked out of the FA Cup at home by non-league opposition, and conceded 4 goals or more in no fewer than 7 games. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it does. The lowest number of attempts on goal by any team in the Premiership this season: one! Yes, one miserable, paltry, feeble attempt on goal in 90 minutes! I mean, why play a striker at all. Holt was left as stranded as a beached whale (and appeared only slightly more shapely). Might as well have played 1 - 5 - 5. If you don't want to score goals, at least don't let too many in. Lambert may be a treacherous little gold-digger but he knew how to make the team play attacking football right up to the 90th minute. A defeat was not unexpected but this was worse: yet another national humiliation, orchestrated by a manager who is tactically out of his depth in this league.. The misery is almost complete. When Villa win at Carrow Road in May and Norwich are relegated.......it will be.

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

  • Been peaking at you all from the bushes for ages, there is a guy called Eric Dier who plays for Wolfywinkles club, Sporting, Wolfies too soft for the prem, this guy is the real deal, Norwich buy him now!!!!

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    Gruff

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • What do you want me to say lobbo? Stop posting about me, please.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • There is rarely a good time to go to Man U, this may be about the best time yet, we have our tails up and they have their minds elsewhere, however no one said that it would be easy. Realy looking forward to Saturday, just trying not to jinx it.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Premier League is soooo stressful. Can't we just go back to enjoying 0-0 draws at Huddersfield? Throw it in. Kick a cross have a little scrimmage. Bassong heads low, Holt's splendid rush - Hurrah we've scored a goal

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I suppose paradox and irony are related species, plus the good old oxymoron, so beloved of Timbo & canarydownunder. Irony is from the Greek "eiróneia" meaning "simulated ignorance". All three forms involve deliberately contradictory statements. Fascinatingly boring, eh?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Just for the record . I have never been nor will I ever be a member of a " herd " , just so that's clear . Right , when all things are considered there is one fact that remains , one thing that is absolutely definite . We are all part of the yellow army , oh and we'll beat the Mancs 2-1 OTBC

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Instead of sniping how about presenting your opinion , something we don't see very often because you are too busy telling us what Hoots said in a press conference or what you read on Wikipedia ! That isn't your point of view it belongs to someone else , where is yours ?

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    mjc75

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Epiphany! I really WANT to be Ged.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Dubai Canary, I like your style!

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Picked this up at Football Rumours from a Derby post: "Chris Martin (Norwich) - Small fee, out of contract but Norwich have a one year option they will activate to get a fee" if this is true maybe we will get a (small) fee after all.

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    ScotCan

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • More not-very-disguised grumblings at the formation and being left up there alone! Hopefully he'll stick Kamara on again for the last 30min to give Utd a kick up the backside.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I'm happy and proud to be a member of the NCFC supporters flock.

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I seethe irony byass is still working.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

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