Drury reveals Norwich City’s secret ingredient

Adam Drury believes Norwich City's penchant for late goals is purely down to their 'drive and determination' to keep going.

Grant Holt's winner against Reading on Saturday was the Canaries' seventh in injury time this season, prompting several commentators to speculate on the secret to the late shows.

While many have pointed to the impressive fitness levels of manager Paul Lambert's troops, Drury thinks the inner belief that has been established within the dressing room is the main reason.

'All the teams in this division are pretty fit at this stage of the season,' said the defender. 'We've just got that drive and determination to keep going. As soon as we saw them go down to 10 men it pushed us on a little bit more.'

Drury reserved special praise for Holt, whose 14th goal of the season kept the Canaries firmly in the promotion picture.


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The former Peterborough man admitted he can't think of anyone better to lead the Canaries. When asked what Holt brings to the side, the left-back was well aware the striker was within earshot.

'He's all right,' joked Drury. 'No seriously you can see what he brings to the side with his passion and the way that he puts himself about.

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'He never gives in and you can see that. The other lads feed off that.'

As the elation subsided at Carrow Road on Saturday following yet another late show from Norwich, there was the overriding feeling that justice had finally been served.

Holt's dismissal at the Madejski Stadium helped the Royals rescue a point after being 3-1 down in November but it was the Canaries who were to benefit from a couple of refereeing decisions this time.

Jem Karacan could have few complaints about his sending off for a late tackle on David Fox but the Royals felt aggrieved at not being awarded a penalty when Jay Tabb was pulled back by the former Colchester man at the start of the second half.

'It's down to the referee – I thought we had a shout for a penalty in the first half on Chrissy Martin,' added Drury. 'It's one of those things – sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't.

'I didn't get a great view of the sending off. It looked like he was late and he caught him. It's always down to the ref – the ref at their place sent Holty off and it's happened to them.'

Drury described events in injury time as 'unbelievable' and hopes the club can build on this winning momentum to consolidate their position among the frontrunners in the division.

'Anyone can beat anybody in this league. We are just concentrating on ourselves – we know that if we win enough games we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.'

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