Liverpool loan star Pacheco delighted to share in Norwich City glory
Norwich City's on loan Liverpool starlet Dani Pacheco says the Canaries' promotion success will leave an indelible mark on his career.
The former Barcelona youth talent will head back to Anfield after this weekend's Championship farewell against Coventry, which is set to be a memorable occasion.
'It was a nice experience for me to be celebrating on the pitch with the Norwich fans, players and staff,' he said after duty as an unused substitute at Portsmouth on Monday. 'They've done brilliantly all season and really deserved to get what they did.
'Now I am looking forward to being in front of the crowd in Norwich and celebrate with them.'
Pacheco revealed he has also had plenty of backing from Reds' followers during his brief but successful loan spell in Norfolk. The 20-year-old made an instant impact during the 6-0 league romp over Scunthorpe last month but was largely used from the bench by Paul Lambert in the closing matches of City's promotion surge, scoring in the 5-1 romp at Ipswich.
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'I've had really good support on the internet on Twitter and on the phone, and I need to say thank-you to every Liverpool fan who has been following me during my loan at Norwich,' he told Liverpoolfc.tv.
'As always, they've been looking after me and giving me their support and confidence, saying they want me back at Liverpool.'
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Meanwhile two City stars who have enjoyed tantalising glimpses of life in the Premier League in the past are looking forward to a taste of the real thing after helping their side to a second successive promotion.
Elliott Ward helped West Ham reach the top flight via the play-offs in 2005, a few weeks after Nigel Worthington's side had moved in the opposite direction following a 6-0 humiliation at Fulham, while Andrew Crofts trained at Chelsea as a youngster.
Ward only went on to play a handful of games in the Premiership before moving down to a lower level with Coventry while Crofts was never taken on at Stamford Bridge and made his name at Gillingham.
Following Monday's 1-0 victory at Portsmouth they can now both look forward to the prospect of playing at the very highest level on a regular basis – and it's something they are already looking forward to with relish.
'No-one expected us to do this – except us,' said Crofts. 'Right from the off we knew we had a chance and to be in the Premier League is a dream come true. It's what every footballer dreams of.'
For Ward the victory at Fratton Park brought back happy memories of the Hammers' play-off triumph over Preston which saw them replace City in the top flight – but he reckons his latest success is even more special.
'Funnily enough we won that one 1-0 as well,' he recalled. 'I think this promotion is a bit better for me because I have played the whole season. It has been brilliant to play with these lads and it has been a joy to work with the staff.'