Holt backs 'fantastic squad' to continue rise

Paddy DavittNorwich City cult hero Grant Holt has sounded a League One promotion battle cry after the Canaries powered into top two for the first time this season.Paddy Davitt

Norwich City cult hero Grant Holt has sounded a League One promotion battle cry after the Canaries powered into top two for the first time this season.

Holt insists it is onwards and upwards following City's weekend 1-0 win at Wycombe that dislodged Charlton from the automatic promotion spots behind runaway leaders Leeds.

The Canaries' skipper and leading scorer wants no let up from his men after finally overhauling the Addicks on the back of an impressive 11 match unbeaten league run since losing at Elland Road in October.

'We've been chasing down and chasing down,' said Holt. 'We've put in some fantastic performances and we're on a great run. That was our aim (getting into the top two) and we're there now. I said to the lads in the changing room, 'now we're there, it's all about cementing that position.' We need to keep going and if we can get ourselves further and further away even better. We'll just worry about ourselves.

'It's not a case of what Charlton or Leeds or whoever do - we just have to worry about our own performances, get the results and the league will take care of itself. We never looked to catch Charlton, we just wanted to do our own thing and we have. Now if we keep winning then we'll stay in the same position and anything else is just a bonus.'

Canaries' chief Paul Lambert kicked off his New Year spending with permanent deals for loan duo Russell Martin and Anthony McNamee. The Scot is also in the market for a centre half and striking back up to ease some of the burden on Norwich's potent frontline. Holt believes fresh reinforcements can only bolster the club's promotion surge.

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'I welcome competition, as do the other lads,' he said. 'I would be surprised if the manager wasn't trying to bring players in and strengthen. We have a fantastic squad as it is and if the gaffer can add to that then all the better. Strength in depth is so important nowadays in the game. You need a big squad. You can see at the weekend we had a couple of injuries but Korey (Smith) comes back in and does ever so well.

'That is the measure of a good squad I'm sure he'll be looking and hopefully he can bring in players because it's good for the dressing room. We've got players injured so they will come back - the likes of Michael Spillane who was superb for us and Owain Tudur Jones is there or thereabouts. Look at someone like Paul McVeigh who travelled to Wycombe and didn't make the bench. That shows you what a good squad we have and for myself I'm just happy to be part of it.'

Holt warns City could face plenty more frustrating afternoons over the second half of the campaign after Wycombe keeper Scott Shearer defied the rampant visitors for long spells at Adams Park.

'These are the games you have to win if you have any ambitions of being promoted,' he said. 'You've just got to keep going and grind out wins. It's lovely to turn on the style and go and beat teams and show what we've got but you also have to do the other side. It's put us in a fantastic position and like I've said all season if we keep doing that we won't be far off.

'We knew we had set our standards in recent weeks and we know how high it is and in the first half we were nowhere near. In the second half we weren't far off it at times when we moved it we looked quite good. I just felt maybe before the break we looked a little bit na�ve. I thought we tried to force things too much but a win is a win so we go away happy.'

Holt's cheeky close range back heel after the break almost broke the deadlock before teenage midfielder Smith proved the match winner on his return from a thigh problem that ruled the youngster out of the festive period.

'I thought the back heel was in but I didn't really have too many other chances,' said Holt. 'I had a header that flashed wide but that is how it's going a little bit for me at the minute. I thought Korey came in and was fantastic. He has been different class and it was sad to see him get injured but he has got back in with a few other injuries in the side and he is showing what a great talent he is.'