Drury’s enjoying his new licence to thrill
Norwich City's longest serving player Adam Drury is relishing his attacking licence after a first senior goal in more than five years in the rollercoaster 4-3 Championship win over Leicester.
Matty Fryatt reduced the arrears before Wes Hoolahan's cracker and Fryatt's second set up a grandstand finish – but Norwich held on to move into third spot.
Drury admits he is loving Lambert's adventurous philosophy after notching his first goal since salvaging a Premiership point in another memorable high-scoring tussle – the 4-4 home draw with Middlesbrough back in January 2005.
'I had about two or three shots in the game and I do enjoy the formation we play,' said Drury. 'The gaffer encourages me to get forward and join in. We still have to be defenders, first and foremost, but if you can help out going forward, then all the better. I think one was probably the target at the start of the season so I have achieved it now.
'The last goal I scored was Middlesbrough and that was some game as well and obviously we got the right result that time.
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'Wes did really well for the goal when he broke away. I don't know which was the best out of our two –he scores more than me, but his was a great finish and a massive goal for us in the context of the game. We see it in training day in, day out. You can put a man on him, but sometimes he's so hard to stop.'
Drury revealed City's men in the middle were acutely aware of the unfolding drama as the Foxes swarmed forward in the closing stages, despite Fryatt's dismissal for tangling with Leon Barnett after grabbing his second.
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'They are great games to play in but you just feel even better when you get the right result,' he said. 'To be fair, when we scored in the second half we should have gone on and won the game comfortably but we let them back into it and on other nights and maybe against teams who have a little bit more confidence than they do at the minute they might go on and punish you.
'We just have to make sure that doesn't happen too often. It does put a lot of pressure on you during the game because you can sense people are getting nervous and you know the crowd will be feeling the same thing, 'oh no, we've let them back in it,' but thankfully we went on to win.'
The experienced veteran of City's last Championship triumph in 2004 knows the value of a winning mentality after earning plaudits but no points against Hull last weekend.
'We perhaps didn't play as well as we would have liked but it was important to get the result,' he said. 'That was the main thing because no-one wanted back-to-back defeats. We always go out to win every game but the most important thing was the result and momentum is a massive part of it in this league because that also builds confidence.
'When you get on a roll it can be very hard to stop so if this game had ended up a draw then it probably feels like a defeat, but we can now go back to training and look forward to Bristol City.
'It does give everyone a boost to see where we are although we know we have achieved nothing yet because this league has already proved anyone can beat anyone. There were a few strange scores again this week. We'll worry about what we can do and take it week in, week out. Bristol City away is another tough one, a long way to go, and we'll have to be right.'
n Leicester's under-fire boss Paulo Sousa is adamant he can turn around the Foxes' fortunes.
Tuesday night's defeat left one of the pre-season promotion favourites rooted to the bottom of the table. The former Portugal international has already earned a public show of support from Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric – and Sousa insists he can get his club back on track.
'It is not a nice situation but I have faith in my players and confidence for the quality that they have,' he said. 'I am more positive than ever because I feel they have right attitude and spirit. It is difficult to lose another game but with some positive things about how we reacted, how we put everything in, because we are in a moment where everything is a bit down and things seem to be going against us.'