All-action Andrew Crofts saves day

Norwich City midfield enforcer Andrew Crofts downplayed his pivotal role in the Canaries' hard-fought draw at Championship leaders QPR.

The Welsh international reacted superbly to clear Kasper Gorkss' goal bound header off John Ruddy's line in the 81st minute to cap another impressive all round display.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert labelled Crofts the 'complete midfielder' after the game – and the former Gillingham trainee admits he is relishing his re-deployment.

The 26-year-old has been a revelation operating in the anchor role since an early season switch following his scoring league debut against Watford.

'It's just a never-say-die thing,' said Crofts. 'I could see the flight of the ball was maybe going to come back into play so I just wanted to get it away from danger and it was great not to see it go in. I'm really enjoying it and I'm loving it out there.


You may also want to watch:


'Apart from the first game that has been where I've played for most of the season. It's great experience to play different positions.

'You have to try and do both sides of the game. Obviously, first and foremost, help out the back four and break up play and then try to get on the ball and make things happen.'

Most Read

Crofts admitted Norwich left west London with a tinge of regret after Wes Hoolahan's first half penalty miss.

'I thought it was brilliant to come here and get a point and maybe we could have nicked a couple more,' he said. 'It was a good performance and we can build on that. I thought we probably had the best chances although there weren't many for either side.

'Wes had scored two before that for us so we won't hold that against him. He has been brilliant and always creates things for us and I have no doubt he will put that behind him because he is a great player.

'We need him and he is a big player for us. He is brave enough to take it and no-one would hold it against a player who is strong enough to take a penalty. He won't worry about that.'

Crofts will urge the Canaries to carry that same belief into this week's home tests against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.

'We'll take a point here but it will be interesting because I think they will be up there at the end of the season,' he said. 'We don't fear anyone and we want to keep playing well. We won't take them (Palace) lightly because in this league it is really all about on the day but we are full of confidence, we are buzzing, there is a great togetherness and we can't wait for the games.

'I thought we defended brilliantly and now Tuesday night becomes important. The defence looked solid here and we can play as well, so it's good to be able to do both sides of the game. We look to win every game and now we have a couple of big games coming up so we won't lose our focus. We'll just try to build on what we have already got.'

Crofts can again expect to play a key role after starring for club and country recently.

'I'd play Saturday, Tuesday every week if I could,' he said. 'I just want to play as many games as possible. Playing for Wales was a great experience in Switzerland. I didn't enjoy the result but enjoyed the way I played. It was a great place to go and play but I couldn't wait to come back and play for Norwich and be involved in these games.'

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus