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Martin Olsson hitting top form for Norwich City thanks to left-sided partnership

06:30 26 December 2014

Bradley Johnson (left) of Norwich plays the ball to Martin Olsson of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Ipro Stadium, Derby
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Bradley Johnson (left) of Norwich plays the ball to Martin Olsson of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Ipro Stadium, Derby . Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Martin Olsson feels he is getting back to his best for Norwich City, thanks to some added left-sided protection from Bradley Johnson.

The former Leeds man has successfully featured on the left of City’s midfield in recent weeks, giving Olsson more confidence to get forward from full-back.

The Swedish international made a bad start to the season after being sent off in the 1-0 loss at Wolves on the opening day of the season but has been a key part in the Canaries’ recent improvements, winning two and drawing one of their last three matches.

“I think I’ve always had the licence to get forward but with the way we are playing now, there is more chance for me to get forward than before so for my part that good, I like it,” the 26-year-old said.

“He (Johnson) is one of those that works hard and he also comes in the pitch a lot so that makes me go forward, but I think we’ve been working good together defensively and attacking.

“He’s been scoring a few goals and has been playing well.

“Since I’ve been playing here I’ve really not had anybody playing in front of me for a long time – there’s always been a lot of changes, but I’ve been playing with Brad for a few games now so that’s good.”

Olsson would seem a certainty to start at left-back when Millwall arrive at Carrow Road today, with Javier Garrido out with a groin strain, and knows City may have to be patient against the struggling Lions.

“I think as a team now we look a lot stronger, solid and we’re performing a lot better in the last couple of weeks,” the former Blackburn defender said.

“We tried to play attacking football but then we noticed they (other teams) wanted to sit back and play counter-attack so we’ve learned a lot from the start of the season to now, so we’re a different team.

“If they (Millwall) come and sit back, that’s what we’ve been practising in training, how to break teams down.

“So if they do that hopefully we’re ready for it and hopefully we can get three points.”

16 comments

  • Is it M. P or the return of Wes that has made the difference ? With our crowds& squad , not forgetting the tartan alligator (sorry Mac). & of cause darling D we should be in for a memorable 2015 Bring on them from DOWN there , we might need a better goal average (sorry I think they call it something DIFFERENT now !! OTBC Victorinfrance

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    Victor Bullimore

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • What rubbish, Norwich have played against 10 men twice in 23 games, Ipswich have done so once and we have also played with 10 men on one occasion. Ipswich are not top of the league and we happen to be playing all the same teams. Empty barrels make most noise.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Well done Dubai for once you got something right it didn't last 4-2 I think and the only bit of jam is somehow you lot have got a couple of wins against bottom teams and your normal 10 men you play against most weeks anyway we are TOP of the league

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    Townman

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Sorry to all you other norwich fans but Dubai you really are deluded! The town are a good side!good luck today would like to finish top with you second!!

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    threenewknees

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Dubai, your forecasting skills as strong as ever. 0-3 to Ipswich now!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • 1p5wich have more jam than Hartley's, scored in the first minute at Brentford..... Can't see this lasting though, still back Brentford to win ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I disagree 'el dingo', if we are to push for promotion (and I personally think we'll go up), we need to be thinking about playing well and beating teams well. Otherwise we will stumble up and stumble straight back down. No use to man or beast. Merry Christmas to my Canary chums by the way.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Players developing partnerships, a settled team, run of good form, finding a way past parked busses. Let's do it. And please someone buy up those Royal Norfolk magazines. Or perhaps Brew could sell them in the market and win back Archies trust.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Malaga and TK are right - only the points matter. Can't wait to walk past the Angler to see how ugly they all are.

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Agreed TK - nil, nil.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • If we don't win today and results above us go the wrong way, a big gap will start to open up. So we need the three points if only to make sure the gap between us and sixth place does not widen.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Lets not put the mockers on things by keep predicting or expecting a high scoring game, as long as we win I shall be happy. OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Rumour has it that Brew has been tempted into exile by a buxom barmaid from Bradford. Her Tim Taylors is more than he could resist.

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    cutty

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • True enough Swiss. Reading Revenge the important one for us. I still think of Dubai's 100 goals this season......if only! So where has MB gone to we all ask?

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • A win is essential, a big win is good medicine for the goal difference which could well be crucial at the end of the season. Unfortunately, however big the win, we cannot improve our standing in the table this week as we are 4 points behind Watford. Another 3 wins should put us back in the mix.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I sense a big win today - will be watching live stream on Wiziwig. Bring back the Brewer !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 26, 2014

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