Dani Pacheco thanks Norwich City’s welcoming fans
On-loan star Dani Pacheco has thanked Norwich City fans for his 'amazing' standing ovation during Saturday's 6-0 hammering of Scunthorpe United.
The Spain Under-21 international arrived from Liverpool at the end of last month with only a handful of first team games at Anfield under his belt since joining from Barcelona two years ago.
But he looked a class act on his Canaries' debut – making the opening two goals and pulling all kinds of strings for the rest of the afternoon, until he was withdrawn on 70 minutes with all four corners of Carrow Road on their feet in appreciation.
'I've really enjoyed it,' said Pacheco. 'I think when I came on Tuesday last week after the international break everybody was expecting me to arrive hungry here, and everyone at the club has helped me a lot to settle here and in the training ground, things like the hotel and everything.
'I have to say thank you to everybody and I appreciate the welcome that they've given me. Since I came on the first day they have been trying to keep in touch with me and trying to make everything easy for me.'
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As for that standing ovation at the weekend?
'It was amazing,' said Pacheco. 'I think after a long time I haven't played many games for Liverpool, to arrive here at the first game and see how the fans reacted and how they appreciated my game, I have to say thank you to them as well.
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'I was really happy. My family came to see the game and I think for the club now we had a brilliant win and it was great to score six goals.
'And personally I am really pleased as well. I think I did well, the manager told me after the game, and I hope I can keep doing the job and try to help the team.'
Pacheco is due to stay at Carrow Road for the rest of the season, although plenty of Liverpool fans wish the Spaniard was turning out at Anfield for their remaining Premier League fixtures.
And the player himself is keeping his focus on the job in hand at City, rather than what the future holds at his parent club.
'Well I think I have to think only of here and Norwich; I need to do my best to help the team to get promoted to the Premier League and then we will see,' said Pacheco.
'I'm really happy here. I'm just in the first week and all I want is to keep playing for Norwich and then we will see what happens.'
With Norwich second in the Championship, Pacheco's arrival could be perfectly timed to help push the Canaries over the promotion finishing line.
And Saturday's impressive performance more than backed manager Paul Lambert's faith in immediately handing him his first Championship start.
'I came straight away and the manager gave me the chance, so I need to give him back the confidence that he gave me, so I'll try to do that,' Pacheco told the Canaries' official website – while also thanking Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish for letting him get some games out on loan.
'He (Dalglish) is the first manager to allow the move, after Paul, and I have to appreciate that from him, that he allowed me to come here and enjoy playing football here.
'It's been brilliant. He (Lambert) has been close to me, trying to make sure I am happy here and I understand the way he wants me to play and the way the team needs me, and that is what I am trying to do.'