Ivo Pinto eager to get straight back to work after Norwich City’s Sheffield Wednesday frustrations

Ivo Pinto beats Almen Abdi during Norwich City's goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Ro

Ivo Pinto beats Almen Abdi during Norwich City's goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road. Picture by Sean Dempsey/Focus Images - Credit: Sean Dempsey/Focus Images Ltd

The Championship is about to hit full throttle – and Ivo Pinto cannot wait to get stuck in.

Norwich City only have to wait until Tuesday night for Bristol City's visit to Carrow Road (7.45pm), for their first chance to get the frustrations of Saturday out of their system.

A goalless draw with promotion-hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday was not to the liking of some home fans as boos greeted the final whistle.

But for Pinto, an immediate return to action is exactly what's needed – and it can't come soon enough.

'I love that the Championship is relentless,' smiled the Portuguese right-back. 'I love to play.

'I'm already expecting for Tuesday. When you don't win, you are already expecting the next game and if I could've played on Sunday against Bristol City, I would've played on Sunday to get a result and win the game.

'That's why we are already focusing on the next game. We want to win at our stadium and get back to winning.'

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Getting back to scoring will also be high on the agenda for Alex Neil's men.

After such a promising start to the season at Blackburn, City managed just two shots on target against the Owls – a side under Carlos Carvalhal now known for their defensive prowess.

And all of that continues to filter into City's ongoing search for two new strikers during the summer transfer window.

'I think it's normal – in the last game we scored four goals and nobody spoke about (needing a) number nine, and now we don't score, it's normal people are talking about number nine,' said Pinto.

'But it's not just number nine that scores goals. In the last game we had four goals with all different players.

'This is football. All the teams are searching for the best players to help the team and make the team better.'

As someone both spared the rigours and who missed out on the untouchable joys of Norwich City's previous Championship campaign, Pinto has had a handy taste of it all in just two games.

And you sense from the 26-year-old right-back he is up for everything the unique challenge of English football's second tier will throw at him over the next nine months.

That includes the frustration at a missed Carrow Road opportunity – be it by not taking their chances, or simply struggling to create them in the first place.

'With the quality we have, playing in our stadium in front of our supporters – not forgetting the last game we played – we all expected to win,' said Pinto. 'But football is like this. They played very good as well, and it was tough us.

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'I could understand the fans' frustration. Our mentality is to win every game, to fight for the title and to return to the Premier League – so we understand them and the team in the end was frustrated as well.

'We will have to get used to coming up against this. In the Championship, all the teams are in a good shape. They are good players as well.

'I had to defend more in the second half. It was a tough game and in the end, I think it was a good game from both teams – not offensively, let's say. But I think we were well organised and defended really well.

'When you look at the squad we have, at the front we have very good players. We showed that at Blackburn – this one not that much, but we have that quality and on a good day we can do that easily.'

Pinto has already stated his desire to help the 'Norwich City family' return to the top flight – and at the weekend, he admitted he feels he owes the club to stay and give all he has to make that happen.

'I signed with Norwich and my dream came true,' said Pinto.

'I wanted to play in the Premier League. Obviously in the end it wasn't what I expected because we got relegated, but I never thought about leaving Norwich.

'Speaking about myself, I think I owe the club. My thoughts were to stay here and help the club get back to the Premier League. That's what I will try to do and what I am focused on doing now. Of course some players get relegated and think they want to stay in the Premier League and I will not blame them because in your life, you need to achieve the biggest point and biggest things you can. But even at the end of the season I never thought about leaving.

'I'm really happy here and all those supporters have been amazing with me. So I really owe them and really want to help this club get back to the Premier League.'

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