Drury - Time to keep feet on ground
Norwich City defender Adam Drury insists the Canaries will not get carried away with their lofty Premier League position.
City moved back into the top ten after wrapping up their festive programme in style at QPR but the club's longest-serving player knows the pitfalls that lie ahead.
Drury made his second appearance of the season in Norwich's comeback 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Monday that moved Paul Lambert's squad eight points clear of their fellow promoted rivals.
'The lads have done fantastic so far. Everyone's put in a shift and done their bit but we haven't achieved anything yet and the gaffer keeps reminding us of that,' said Drury. 'We have to keep grinding out results, whether it's by playing great football or getting scrappy wins. It doesn't really matter. You have to win games of football, that's what it's about, and they send us out to win every game.
'I don't think anyone in and around Colney, or the lads in the squad, are getting carried away. You know how quickly it can change around and those wins can be defeats and you have to turn it all round again. You only have to look through the league. A couple of weeks without a win and you've dropped a few places, and the same if you win a couple of games, but we'll just keep doing what we're doing and hopefully that will see us all right.'
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Drury is the only surviving link on the playing staff to the club's last bitter experience with the Premier League back in 2005.
The left-back believes the top flight has got even better during the intervening period – and Drury insists City have the right man at the helm to secure another season in the big time.
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'It's got a little bit quicker, perhaps, I think maybe now it's a bit more like international football where teams keep the ball and don't give the ball away as much as they used to,' he said. 'If you give it away, you don't get it back too quickly, so you end up doing a lot of running without the ball. But I think it's the best league in the world and that's where everyone wants to be.
'The gaffer has been outstanding. Him and his coaching staff and the team around him that were all brought in together, you can see the turnaround they've produced and it's brilliant to play for him.
'He's kept me involved the whole time, which has been fantastic. You just keep yourself prepared because it's a squad game and if you see how many players we've used so far and the formations we've played, you never know when you are going to get a chance.'