‘I think we as a group expect to win every game’ says Norwich City winger ahead of Arsenal match
Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett knows the only way to silence the doubters is to put things right on the pitch – starting with Arsenal's weekend Premier League visit.
The Canaries went into the international break on the back of heavy defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea; with few outside Norfolk giving them any chance of arresting that run this weekend against another of the top flight's big boys. Bennett insists there is still a rock-solid belief where it matters most.
'I think we as a group expect to win every game,' he said. 'People did not think we would stay up last season, but we did. The more people go against this team, the better we seem to be. We will come out fighting – like a dog, you back us into a corner, we will always bite our way out of it. If people keep doing that, brilliant, because we will hopefully prove them wrong, like we did last year.
'It's never nice to lose and after the game you are really disappointed. You go home on the coach and there is not much said, to be honest. That is the best way to be but when Monday morning comes round you have to try to clear it out of your mind, ready to work again because you can't change what's happened.
'All you can do is affect the next game against Arsenal. We have been working hard these last two weeks and I hope our hard work will pay off at the weekend.'
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Bennett, along with the majority of Chris Hughton's squad, remained closer to home over the international shutdown and the 23-year-old hopes to reap the benefits.
'We've had quite a big group of us stay behind and everyone has worked really hard,' he said, 'We can't wait for the weekend. After a bad result you want to put it right as soon as you can but sometimes just having a good week in training, steeping back and getting away from football for a couple of days and then coming in on Monday ready to work hard is vital.
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'We have a great belief and togetherness within the squad and I hope we can start putting that togetherness and belief and hard work into three points. Everyone is relishing the opportunity to play on Saturday and looking forward to the challenge.'
Bennett believes City need only look back to last season's 3-3 thriller at the Emirates if they need fresh inspiration against a new-look Arsenal side spearheaded by Spanish World Cup winner Santi Cazorla.
'It was an unbelievable team performance,' he said. 'To go down 1-0 as early as we did and show resilience and quality to go ahead and then went 3-2 down and managed to draw. It was a really up and down game but that just shows the spirit and belief in this squad. I think people miss the fact that we've got a lot of quality within the team and we've just got to try to take that into Saturday.
'They've brought in Cazorla, who looks to be very, very good and they've done okay for injuries so far this season – I think that hurt them quite a bit last season, but they have quality players and a brilliant manager who has got them playing magnificent football that everyone loves to watch. But we have to try to nullify them and pose them a few questions.'
Bennett agreed with the widely held belief City's hunt for that first Premier League win of the season could and should have come already on home soil.
'We've had a few games, the two homes especially West Ham and QPR that we deserved to win, but sometimes that doesn't happen,' he said.
'I'm sure there will be a game where we don't deserve to win and we will win, so it's all swings and roundabouts and by the time the end of the season comes round I'm sure we'll have had our fair share of wins that maybe we shouldn't have got.'