Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Norwich City winger Elliott Bennett insists the Canaries have enough quality in their squad to combine a cup run alongside their quest for Premier League survival.
Norwich boss Chris Hughton made eight changes for City’s FA Cup third round clash against Peterborough and saw several fringe first team players shine as they cruised to a 3-0 win at London Road.
Bennett, who netted his second goal for the club in his 50th appearance, believes this demonstrates the Canaries can continue their progress in the FA Cup whilst ensuring their Premier League campaign is not compromised.
“We’ve definitely got enough quality to fight on both fronts,” said Bennett, who revelled in the role just behind striker Simeon Jackson on Saturday. “We’ve got a lot of players that haven’t been playing – myself and Leon Barnett and Simeon Jackson have come in today. We have not played many games but we are on a good run and winning games is what it is all about.
“It just gets your confidence going because the more games you win, the better it is for the football club.”
While Bennett pushed himself to the forefront of Chris Hughton’s mind for the Premier League clash against Newcastle, team-mate Robert Snodgrass confirmed his growing importance to the club with a superb display capped by scoring the third goal.
Bennett is backing the former Leeds man to continue showing exactly why City had been trailing the winger for 18 months before signing him in the summer.
“He’s having a brilliant season and he’s been a massive plus for us,” he said. “His set pieces are unbelievable and we’ve scored some good goals from them. I’m sure throughout the season he is continuing to be a big player for us and he will get more goals.”
Bennett is hoping the confidence gained from Saturday’s win can be taken into this Saturday’s home game against Newcastle with the Canaries looking to arrest a run of four straight defeats in the top flight. We’ve lost the last four but I don’t think we’ve played badly,” added Bennett. “There’s a lot of confidence in our dressing room – we’ve been on a magnificent run.
“We’ve had some tough games over the Christmas period and we didn’t get as many points as maybe we deserve.
“We will look to the Newcastle game, train hard all week. We will be ready for them and hopefully we can get back to winning ways in the Premier League.”
Grant Holt is likely to be restored to the starting line-up if he can shrug off the hamstring injury that restricted his involvement over the Christmas period.
However, Hughton could be tempted to stick with Simeon Jackson up front after the Canadian’s predatory finish against Peterborough and Bennett believes there is enough quality in the squad to fill any potential void left by the skipper.
“There’s a lot of talk about Holt and Moro (Steve Morison) being out and you are going to miss massive players like that,” he said. “We’ve got players that are chomping at the bit to get in and I’m sure they will do themselves justice.”