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Ex-Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett is out to prove his worth at Blackburn

06:00 25 February 2016

Elliott Bennett was on the losing side for new club Blackburn in a 1-0 Championship defeat at Derby on Wednesday night. 
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Elliott Bennett was on the losing side for new club Blackburn in a 1-0 Championship defeat at Derby on Wednesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Former Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett admits he has to raise his game to prove he can cut it at new club Blackburn.

Bennett was on the losing side for Paul Lambert’s team in Wednesday’s 1-0 Championship defeat at Derby, with the honest 27-year-old conceding he is still looking to get back to his best after limited game-time towards the end of his Norwich career and a long-term knee injury.

Bennett, who had a loan spell in the Championship at Bristol City earlier this season before cutting his ties with the Canaries, has so far played ten games for Rovers and was again deployed in a more attacking, advanced role against the Rams.

“I have quite a lot of freedom playing in that position, just off the front, but to be honest I enjoy playing anywhere when the team wins. That is the most important thing,” he said.

“I am not a liar, I won’t kid on to anyone. Since I have signed here I have not played at the level I would like to have played. I have been disappointed with the way I have been playing but that is football. You go through ups and downs and early on in the season I thought I was doing quite well on loan at Bristol City. I would then have the odd dip and maybe I have had a mini dip here and I am coming out of it here now. It is all about training as hard as you can and then putting yourself in the frame for the manager to pick you.”

Bennett rejects the notion his patchy recent form could be down to swapping Norfolk for Blackburn.

He said: “I don’t like to make excuses, my job is to play as well as I can but when you move of course there is a lot that goes with that, away from the pitch. Do I think I have been playing well? Not as much as I would liked to have done,” he told Rovers’ official site. “Sometimes it can take a while to get used to the new surroundings, but we have a really good bunch on and off the pitch, which is important when you first come into a dressing room. You need to add that quality to the endeavour we have got and I am sure we can have success here.”

15 comments

  • Good luck to the lad but I'm not convinced that he is good enough for the Championship? Time will tell!

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    baguio

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • even the concession burgers outside the south stand beat whats on offer inside.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • match day food, go early Coach and Horses, have a great burger go to game.[washed down with a bit of mild]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Those concrete croutes were once constructed in a Caledonian subsidiary in Suffolk. Not far from Little London... Needham must as the Devil drives. Why, why, why Delia?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I wouldn't touch the food at Carra Rud unless it was in a Lineker bag. Unfortunately I mean that - I'd always rather get a bag of chips from Lucy's on the market than pay £3.50 or whatever it is now for a "match pie". The last one I bought was lamb and mint and a bloke standing next to me said something like "you drop that on my foot and I'll be off work for a fortnight". My teeth knew what he meant.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • That was extremely clever, Tommy. Well done, young ladette. You are improving by the year. Who's Toyah? Wilcox, maybe? You may know but I really couldn't comment. Bono might say "She's a Mystery To Me". Sung by Roy Orbison. Of course. No lisp. I hope you were not being un-PC by picking on a speech impediment. That would be shameful. Even for you... Omagh Papa, to me he was SO...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • How Bru knows what the food is like INSIDE the stadium is one of life's little mythsteryies, as Toyah would say. Perhaps he loiters around the City Stand at 80 minutes to get a glimpse of the hallowed turf . . . . . . . .

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • In hindsight, you are probably about right there, dave123. I sort of waited for EB to blossom, but it didn't happen. Even Alex toyed with the notion of using him as a full-back. I wonder what Lambo has in mind for him at Blackburn? Cinnamon and Elliott Ward are there too. I don't think he has much shuffle room there. They've even sold Jordan Rhodes at long last. Perhaps all that Venky's money amounts to no more than chickenfeed? I do fondly recall the superb match-day pies there; meat & potato. No idea what sort of meat it was. Possibly beef in those days. (Back in late 1960-something). Better pies have been found only at Derby County and Bury. They put the Carra Tepid Dogs to shame. Better mustard, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Average championship player who like a few others needed moving on

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    dave123

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • That injury was unfortunate. I still believe he could've become a quality "wing-back". This is a topic that Lobbo and I have agreed on from time immemorial. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • try again 'Spo ck'

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Apart from 'that' goal at White Hart Lane, he never cut the custard with me. His departure was long over due. Now we need to off load a few more. I'm sure they're all nice guys and I wish them no harm but as Mr Spook said “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • What dingo said . . . .

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I rated him highly until the injury. Used to work his coconuts off. A lovely guy to meet as well. All the very best Elliott.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Poor Bennett. His falling-out of favour at NCFC was due to him being able to play one position well and not 7 badly.

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    JimBob

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

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