Crofts believes never-say-die spirit is key to success so far
AUDIO: Andrew Crofts has mixed memories of the last meeting against Burnley.
With the clock moving into time added on and City trailing 2-1, Crofts thumped in an unstoppable left-foot shot to send Carrow Road into raptures – and then stunned the home crowd moments later when he received his second yellow card of the afternoon for bringing down Tyrone Mears.
'It was a bit mad to be fair,' recalled the midfielder yesterday. 'In the second half we came at them really strong and got the first goal back through Chrissy (Martin) and then we were pushing right until the end and I was over the moon to see mine go in – the place was buzzing.'
The buzzing became groaning when referee Trevor Kettle intervened.
'It was probably a little bit harsh from the referee for the second yellow card, but it's one of those things,' said Crofts. 'It was a good point in the end.'
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That draw was the perfect example of City's growing reputation of a team that doesn't rest until the fat lady has started to belt out the big one.
'We don't give up until the final whistle is blown and that's what the best teams do that,' he said. 'If you look at Manchester United they get a lot of late goals and teams that can do that have got an edge.'
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Another example came in midweek when City, trailing Millwall by a goal, struck twice in the final 13 minutes to claim the points, Henri Lansbury's winner coming in the final seconds.
'It never surprises me,' said Crofts. 'We never give up until the final whistle and that's a great thing to have in the side. The best teams are like that and that's why we are getting our rewards. Our fitness levels have been really good, we've got a lot of legs in the team and we keep going right until the last minute.
'We've got a great team spirit and that obviously starts from the manager and the staff right the way through to everyone who is at the club.
'We never say die and it's great to be a part of that.'
City's second place will come under threat from closest challengers Swansea, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff this afternoon, but the Canaries are proving more than capable on the road this season.
'We want to go there and win,' said Crofts. 'We go into every game looking to get three points. It's going to be a tough game as they are a good side but we're looking forward to it.
'Every game is the same for us – we go into every game looking to win and we've got some really good players. The quality is there and that's a great tool to have and why we've picked up as many points as we have.
'We just concentrate on ourselves first and foremost. You do come in and see what's happening elsewhere but we just concentrate on ourselves and that's why we're doing well.'