Drury keeps his feet on the ground
CHRIS LAKEY Adam Drury says Norwich players won't be getting carried with the events of the past week under new manager Peter Grant.
Adam Drury says Norwich players won't be getting carried with the events of the past week under new manager Peter Grant.
Since Grant was named as Nigel Worthington's successor, City have drawn one and, with the new man on the touchline, won two, downing Birmingham and table-toppers Cardiff.
It's all a far cry from recent weeks when City followed up a good start to the season with an appalling run of form which saw them slip from second to 19th in the table.
But Drury says there is a long road ahead and insists that two wins doesn't make a season.
“I don't want people to get carried away with this, just because we beat Birmingham and Cardiff,” said the Canaries skipper.
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“The gaffer has still got to do a lot more work with us, and he said as much in the changing room after the game. He still has lots to work with, but it looks good for the future.
“We can't sit back now and think, 'that's great, we've beaten two of the big sides, we'll soon be top of the table', it doesn't work like that because you come straight back down to earth.”
However, wins over two of the top clubs will make people sit up and notice and City have clearly found some of that early-season form.
“I think we are starting to now, but we have to do it week in, week out,” said Drury. “We can't do it for a couple of games then not do it for a couple of games.
“That's been the problem - we started the season well and then dropped off again, but the gaffer has told everybody individually what he wants of them and what he expects and his man management has been brilliant. I think that's been a big thing and now we have shown what we can do, like against Cardiff - first half we could have been three up by half-time and we didn't take our chances, but thankfully we defended well second half.
“They're top of the table and on a run of five without a loss before they came here, so you know you are going to get pressure against you, it's going to happen, but I thought we defended well.
“People will say it's because a new manager has come in and we're on a high, but the gaffer has got it into us we are good players, we're a good team, but that we have to do the scrapping as well. We can't just go out and try and play the pretty football that we want to play, we have to work hard and he is getting that into us.”
Drury had been a major doubt for Saturday's game, having failed to come out for the second half at Birmingham on Tuesday with a knee injury, but he put in a man of the match performance - and revealed afterwards that Grant is happy for him to continue as skipper.
“I have spoken to him and he has been very good to me,” he said. “I went to him and he pulled me aside at the same time, it was a mutual thing. I said to him, 'you're the new manager, I'm not your choice as captain, obviously I am captain already and if you want to change it I am fully aware of that, it's your team now and you can do what you want', and he was brilliant, he said, 'no, you're staying as my captain'.
“Whether that changes in the future I don't know because he still has to stamp his own mark on things and bring in his own players, so we will wait and see. But I'm doing it for now, and I'm enjoying it.”