Elliott Bennett’s focus on Norwich City’s bid for Premier League survival
Elliott Bennett will play anywhere to ensure Norwich City's Premier League survival.
The 23-year-old has been deployed at the point of a midfield diamond for City's last two wins in league and cup. Bennett even ended up at left-back in the final stages of Norwich's recent comeback league victory at QPR to underline his versatility within Paul Lambert's first team squad.
'You'll have to ask the manager on that one,' he said. 'I just want to play in the team and if I can help the team at left-back, right-back, any position on the pitch, I'm more than willing to do it.
'I played that position behind the strikers for Brighton quite a number of times last season. I enjoy playing there. I just enjoy playing any time, to be honest.
'I've been in and out and I managed to play 90 minutes the other day which was good, but the main thing at the minute is we need to keep winning and picking up points and whether I'm in the starting line-up or getting off the bench, as long as the team is winning, I'm happy.'
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Bennett's full shift at Loftus Road was his first for a month, with the former Wolves trainee and fellow wide player Anthony Pilkington both taken out of the firing line after impressively adapting to the Premier League in the opening months.
'We've got a really strong squad here and we all understand that everyone is going to have to come out at some time and others are going to come in,' he said. 'The team did well when we were out of the team.
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'They had a great result against Newcastle and a couple of good results away from home after that, so there's been no complaints from anyone.
'Everyone is just looking to stay in the league, and whether that means you're playing, or coming on and trying to help the team, or starting, so be it.'
Bennett emphasized the point with a match-turning late cameo in his more familiar wide right role against Fulham that produced the sublime cross for Simeon Jackson to earn a stoppage time draw before his cutback at Loftus Road teed up Steve Morison to sink Rangers.
'I just want to pick up points and whether it's me setting up goals or other people doing it and scoring, we just want to do well for each other and stay in the league,' he said. 'Whoever's setting the goals up or scoring doesn't really matter. It's a case of getting the points on the board and staying up.
'We've had a steady start and our points total is quite good in comparison to other teams that should be in and around the bottom end of the table.
'As long as we can keep going – there's a long way to go and we take it game by game and just try to keep picking up points.'