Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett insists belief remains rock solid within the Canaries’ dressing room they can seal another season of Premier League football.
The Canaries may have slipped from the high point of their pre-festive club record Premier League unbeaten run, but Bennett is adamant they can still draw huge positives from matching the best during that spell.
“We beat some fantastic teams and also went to some difficult places and got great results,” he said. “We are working hard every day in training and that is always with the aim to go out there at the weekend and play well and get the result. We have a strong belief within the squad. We know what we are capable of and we just hope we can hit that high standard of the unbeaten run again and if we do that then I am sure we’ll be fine, but really it is about focusing on the next game. We can’t really look backwards.
“There is no point looking too far ahead into the future. You just never know what will happen, but if we can finish with the (points) gap we have now to the bottom clubs everyone in Norwich would be delighted.”
Chris Hughton’s men have drawn four of their last five Premier League tests after a difficult festive spell and Bennett cites Mark Bunn’s recent penalty stop at QPR as further evidence City will relish the fight to retain their top flight status.
“That could be a massive moment in our season. To get a point against a team down the bottom of the league and to keep that distance between us and them was vital,” he said. “Hopefully that is the case come the end of the season and it will be a point that counts in our favour. QPR were on a good run and we knew it was going to a tough game and with the new manager going in their as well he has revitalised them and brought in some new faces.
“Obviously we did get beat in those four games on the bounce at Christmas but you have to look at the teams we played. They were not an easy run of fixtures. In a few of the games I think perhaps we got a little bit unlucky. Sometimes it is just a case of riding out the bad times and trying to pick things up again and get a few positive results. That is what we have done in the last games.”
Bennett, speaking to the Premier League’s weekly official podcast show, revealed spirits remain high within the City camp – aided by the January arrival of another former Leeds recruit in Luciano Becchio to join a growing enclave that already numbered Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson and Robert Snodgrass.
“They have all fitted in brilliantly. The other three have been here a lot longer than Luciano but they welcomed him in straight away and there is a little band of ex-Leeds men in the dressing room and it is all good fun,” said Bennett. “They get a bit of stick off the rest of the lads for their connections but they have all done well. Snoddy came in during the summer and he has been brilliant on the right wing for us and hopefully Luciano comes in and hits the ground running.”