Martin Olsson feels Norwich City know how to succeed in the Championship


Martin Olsson. Picure: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Defender Martin Olsson believes Norwich City's second-tier experience has helped them hit the ground running this season.

The Canaries are trying to complete a second instant return to the Premier League in a row after being relegated last season.

And Olsson feels keeping hold of so many players who were part of that successful 2014/15 promotion push has allowed the yellows to adapt to life back in the Championship at double-quick speed.

The left-back said: 'I think we were all up for it. We knew how it was last time we were in the Championship and I think we were more ready this time, of what was coming.

'I feel like we were more prepared in the beginning than we were the first time we came up, when we went down.

'It's physical. The teams work harder with lots of energy. You've got to play the ugly football as well, put a lot of tackles in there, and I think we've done that better at the start of the season than we did before.'

The 28-year-old scored during Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Burton Albion – City's fifth win on the spin. A hamstring problem slowed the Swede's start to the campaign on a personal level but he now feels ready to kick on, starting with tonight's trip to promotion rivals Newcastle United.

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'It was a good feeling,' added Olsson of his weekend goal, the full-back's first for Norwich since scoring a memorable winner at the death during April's 3-2 Carrow Road triumph against the Magpies.

'It was a while ago that I got a goal and it was a nice feeling.

'There's a good vibe around here. I think we're all positive and we're working hard in training.

'It's showing on the pitch so we've just got to keep doing what we have done. That's just enjoying our football as well.

'It's going to be a big game (at Newcastle). It's always tough to go to those grounds.

'Like I say, we are pretty focused on ourselves and we just want to get them three points.'