Elliott Bennett is loving Norwich City life
Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett knows his first taste of Premier League football could have been so very different with boyhood club Wolves heading for relegation.
Wanderers' boss Terry Connor was a major influence on Bennett's early career, but any sentiment over the plight of his former mentor is far outweighed by his part in the Canaries' top flight success.
The 23-year-old's stunning Easter Monday match winner at Tottenham underlined how well he has adapted since his summer move from Brighton after initially dropping down the leagues following his failure to break into the Wolves' first team.
'It's sad to see them in the position they're in, but I wouldn't swap places with them for no amount of money,' said Bennett. 'We're footballers who want to win games. It's what we play football for. Terry Connor was reserve team manager at the time and he helped me a lot during my career, gave me lots of opportunities, coached me and spoke to me on regular occasions. I have to say a big thank you to him and I really hope they can get out of the situation they're in. It's not looking good at the minute but he's a strong character.
'I'm just delighted to be a Norwich player and I hope we can pick up some more points. You can't rest on your laurels in this league. Everyone wants to pick up as many points as possible - there's no thinking it's done yet and we all know that.'
Bennett has now started five of Norwich's last six Premier League games - including last month's home win over Wolves - but the midfielder has worked under Paul Lambert long enough to take nothing for granted ahead of Saturday's Blackburn test.
'The manager picks the team and I think his record over the last two seasons shows that he has got it right most of the time,' he said. 'No one's got any complaints. Everyone just gets on with it. When you're in the dressing room, if you're not playing you want the lads that are playing to do really well - likewise, when you're playing and someone else is not playing. There's a great team spirit around the place.'
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Illustrated by the positive response among the rest of City's players to the recent announcement of Adam Drury's end-of-season Celtic testimonial game on May 22.
'It's an unbelievable achievement by him and everyone's in full support of him,' said Bennett. 'We just hope all the Norwich fans can show their support, get down to Carrow Road and make it a full house because he's been an excellent servant to the club and long may that continue. He's a good player. He hasn't been at this club for that amount of time and not been a good player and he's still got it. The manager picks him and it's good to have the experience of him still around and hopefully people can show their appreciation.'