Andrew Surman - Norwich City still have it all to do in the Premier League
Andrew Surman insists downing tools on Paul Lambert's watch is not an option.
Norwich's squad have achieved their primary Premier League survival target, but the midfielder maintains self-preservation is now a major motivating factor over the final run-in.
'It's always important. There are players out of contract who are fighting for contracts, and players who want to be here next season because they want to be at a Premier League club and a successful club like Norwich,' he said. 'Every game you go into you're playing for your space in the team, really. There is a lot of competition for spaces here as well. 'There is uncertainty about who's going to be here next season but there are two games left this season, we need to see those two games out and perform as well as we can and then worry about that after the end of the season. We're fully focused on those games and whether you are out of contract or not, all the players are giving 100 per cent and trying to get as much as they can out of the games.
'We've been determined, even when we hit the 40-point mark, to try to finish the season well. We don't want to end up near the bottom of the table because I don't think that will reflect how well we've done. We want to finish in a respectable position.'
Surman believes staying in the Premier League outweighs the fight to get their in the first place.
'It's been great. When we hit the 40-point mark we sensed that we were close. Now it's mathematically certain it's a great achievement, probably even more of an achievement than last season,' he said. 'We want to try to get some more points before the end of the season – we don't want it to tail off. There is always an element of pressure whatever game you go into because you want to go and perform and play well.
'Mathematically we're safe so I suppose the pressure of relegation is off us, but I think the lads still put pressure on each other to perform because we want to go to somewhere like Arsenal and get something. We want to get a result. We want to go to Arsenal, but not with our foot off the gas because if you do that, you could up being in for a long day.'
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City may have been humbled by Manchester City and Liverpool at Carrow Road recently, but Surman is confident they can perform on another of the league's biggest stages.
'It's a little bit extra special and great to be part of games like that. Wherever we have gone, we've gone with no fear and a lot of confidence – Spurs away we fully deserved that win and it could have been more,' he said. 'We've got to take confidence from performances and results like that and take it into this game.
'We've got a good team and maybe we've surprised a few people. The top four have fantastic players but we always back ourselves when we play these top four sides that we've got enough to beat them on the day. We go with plenty of confidence. We have a lot of belief, it's been shown this season and if we keep taking that into games like Arsenal we always believe we can get something. It's their last home game of the season and they need to win. I'm sure the atmosphere will be electric. That's the sort of atmosphere you want to play in and we're really looking forward to that.'