Morison already looking forward to Swansea clash

Steve Morison admits Norwich City could have done without the arrival of another blank fortnight, having pushed Manchester United all the way at the weekend.

The Canaries will have to wait until Saturday week before returning to Premier League action, with fellow top-flight new boys Swansea City next at Carrow Road.

Separated by goals scored in the top half of the fledgling table, safety will be both sides' primary aim after achieving promotion from the Championship last season.

And while there was much pride to be taken from City's effort in the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, Morison would have preferred to tuck into the Swans straight after – and reiterate the mark City are making back in the top flight.

'If you asked the lads, you would want to play again tomorrow – we want to get back to playing as soon as possible,' said the former Millwall man. 'We've got a great game at home against Swansea – a game we really are going to be looking forward to.

'I think people are going to stand up and take notice of Norwich a little bit now, and think they are no mugs and they are here to stay.

'You want the games to come thick and fast, that's what we love and what we are used too a little bit in the Championship. They're getting on to playing twice as many games as we have.

Most Read

'But it's a really enjoyable experience so far and we're really looking forward to the next game.

'Swansea, it's a Premier League fixture now and not a Championship one, and I think it's a game both teams need to win, and if we keep playing like that we've got a chance.'

Having been in an almost no-lose situation at Old Trafford, for some the stakes will feel significantly higher for Swansea's visit – although Morison sees it differently.

'We put pressure on ourselves – we went to Old Trafford and put pressure on ourselves to go out and get a result; we walked away disappointed we didn't,' said Morison.

'It will be a different pressure playing at home – I think there's more pressure, you're expected to win your games. People didn't expect us to win at United anyway and that's probably why we got a bit of decent press.

'We enjoy it and then we move on to the next one. What you want to do is go back to those places every season. It's a fantastic place to play football. You don't enjoy losing, but it's a fantastic place and you would love to go back.'

Morison will be one of the City stars kept busy this weekend, with him and midfielder Andrew Crofts on Wales duty ahead of fixtures with Switzerland tonight and in Bulgaria on Tuesday. And the City striker admitted the feeling in Gary Speed's camp has altered since Wales impressive performances against Montenegro and England.

'There's a lot more belief but I think this is where the pressure builds now because people have seen us put in a brilliant performance against Montenegro and a brilliant performance in against England, and people are now expecting that week in week out, which is exactly what we're expecting to do,' he said.

'But the expectation changes, with that comes added pressure and that's something we've got to step up to because in the previous games we've not been expected to be able to do anything. So we've changed the mentality around a little bit and the thought process of people, and we've now got to step up to the mark. But it's nice; it's different from being with your club week in week out, players you spend a lot of time with, and obviously it's a lot different environment.

'It's something I thoroughly enjoy. I love playing football so I want to go there and I want to play. I don't want to go there and just be a squad member. I love going at the minute – I'm playing, so I'm really enjoying myself. It's another chance to play football and that's why I enjoy going so much.'

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter