Bennett has a goal... to score for Norwich City

Norwich wide boy Elliott Bennett has one final mission to complete his transition to Premier League footballer.

Bennett has looked more than comfortable in top-flight surroundings since his summer move from League One champions Brighton.

The 22-year-old impressed against Stoke and West Brom in City's two home games to date – but Bennett admits he needs to take as well as create chances that come his way.

The former Wolves trainee had two decent opportunities to open his goal account against the Baggies to drag City level after Peter Odemwingie's early strike.

'I'm not going to make any promises,' he said. 'I should have done better with the volley in the box and I hit the target with the next one. If I'm in the team I'll always try to score and create goals for the team.

'If I can score, then brilliant, but I think the most important thing is the team winning and getting on the winning track.

'If you get a chance and you're clinical, you tend to win a game in this league. We've got really good strikers here, we've been working really hard on the training ground and I hope we can start scoring and keeping clean sheets. If you make a mistake in the league that I've come from, League One, you can sometimes get away with it whereas in this league you don't get away with it.

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'So when you do get a chance, you need to try to put it away and give yourself a good foothold in the game but we've been working hard all week on the training ground and hopefully we can start to put that bit right on Saturday.'

Bennett insists it is for others to assess whether he has made a seamless step up from the lower reaches of the Football League.

'It's a big jump, the pace of the game and the quality of the players is better, but training with the good players that are here in pre-season has helped me massively,' he said.

'I'm just looking to improve my game as much as I can and work hard. If that means I'm in the team or on the bench or in and around the squad, I'm more than happy. The speed of the game is quicker and, as I've said, about making mistakes and being clinical, that's something I've noticed. I just try to work hard and there are going to be times when I don't have a good game or I do have a good game.

'I just think being here and training under the manager during pre-season, training with good players, I think it's helped me and I'll try to continue to work hard and improve every day in training and if I get a chance to play, try to do well there.'

Bennett admits the learning curve remains steep with Bolton set to pose another set of Premier League problems to overcome this afternoon.

'Every team is different in this league,' he said. 'I don't think there are any two the same and we'll be prepared for what Bolton have got to bring.

'We try to target how we can get a foothold in the game and try to win the game. The manager and staff do all the preparation and try to prepare us as well as they can and I hope we can go up there and get a positive result.

'I think we're performing well. We know that if we can cut out mistakes and be more clinical, I'm sure we'll win more games than not this season. We've been working hard all week in the training ground to put that right and I hope we can get a positive performance and a result at Bolton.'

Bennett has started to forge an exciting partnership down the right flank with another young gun in Kyle Naughton – but the ex-Seagull is taking nothing for granted.

'There are a lot of good players in this team,' he said. 'I'm just trying to hold on to my place.'

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