Grant happy as City warm up with a win

CHRIS LAKEY Canaries boss Peter Grant has told his players that their summer is over and the new season has already begun.With the countdown to the new Championship campaign entering its final week, Grant has put City on full alert before next weekend's long trip north to Preston.

CHRIS LAKEY

Canaries boss Peter Grant has told his players that their summer is over and the new season has already begun.

With the countdown to the new Championship campaign entering its final week, Grant has put City on full alert before next weekend's long trip north to Preston.

Pre-season preparations were completed with last night's 1-0 home win over Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, thanks to a second-half goal by defender Adam Drury.


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"There is a lot of work goes into it for the players and everyone is just desperate to get started now," he said.

"The season starts now. The game has finished now and that is it, we're ready to kick off now. We have said that to the players, that the season starts from this moment onwards and that's what we are prepared for."

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Grant was without Dion Dublin (back spasm) last night but is confident the veteran will be ready for Preston, although Darren Huckerby's participation is looking doubtful because of a groin injury.

Striker Chris Brown was the only injury concern from the match, departing in the second half with a broken nose.

However, the bright spot was the second appearance this summer of French midfielder Julien Brellier, who looks to have taken over the mantle left by Youssef Safri this week.

"We saw in the short period he was on that he can bring us something different to what we already have," added Grant.

City have won three and lost three of their summer fixtures, but Grant said he was happy with City's progress.

"We didn't pick up any injuries apart from Chris' broken nose, but apart from that we are very pleased," Grant said.

"I think the players have put great application into it, right from before we came back. They have worked extremely hard and I think you can see that in their fitness levels, they keep going in every game.

Now it is just a matter of keeping them fit.

"We are looking for that little bit of quality which you will find even at Manchester United people will be a bit ring rusty and we are no different.

"Certain things we worked on we looked a bit better at and we can mix and match up the pitch. We have seen guys getting time on the pitch, like Brellier coming on tonight and Darel Russell getting another big period. All round I am very pleased with it."

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