Norwich City captain Holt wants to make Carrow Road a fortress
Norwich City skipper Grant Holt believes the Canaries are establishing a fear factor when opposing sides come to Carrow Road.
Holt's brace helped inspire his side to a memorable 4-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday as the 30-year-old and strike partner Steve Morison took full advantage of a makeshift visitors' defence.
And after notching their fourth win of the season at home, Holt thinks other Premier League sides are starting to take notice of the Canaries' impressive home form.
'We've got to make this place a fortress – it doesn't matter who you are, anyone that comes here will know that they're in for a game,' said Holt, who is now 14th in the club's all-time leading goalscorers list. 'If we do that and keep churning out three points then we'll be all right. I thought it was a massive win after last week. We knew we had to come out the blocks and we knew that we needed the three points. We need to take as many points as we can at home and I thought we played really well.'
Only five other Premier League sides have scored more goals than the Canaries so far this season, putting paid to the theory that Paul Lambert's men would struggle to score goals in the top-flight.
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The Canaries' boss has been true to his word that he would not abandon his attacking principles and in Holt and Morison, the club has two strikers who don't mind putting mind and body where it hurts.
If City can stamp out the individual mistakes like Zak Whitbread's which almost gave Newcastle a route back into the game despite being down to 10 men then Premier League survival won't be far away.
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'I think the way we set up, we always go in positively,' added Holt. 'You've got to be careful how you do that. We want to go and win games and score goals but we've got to be a bit careful we don't get sucked into that and get sucker punched the other way. We were disappointed with the goals that we conceded but we played well.'
Innumerable column inches have been taken up focusing on how several City players have come up to the Premier League the hard way with Holt's former career as a tyre fitter and Morison a paper shredder adding a touch of romance to their respective stories.
Holt believes therein lies the secret to Norwich's success over the last two and a half years though – hungry players, who thought their chance had gone, out to make the most of the opportunity City is giving them on the biggest stage.
'You've got a lot of lads in there who have had setbacks,' he said. 'Some of them have been at big clubs and had to drop down and they've wanted to get back there.
'When you have that belief and that desire in the squad we're showing that we're not here just to make up the numbers.
'It was 11 years ago (that Holt was a tyre fitter) and I've churned out a good career now. I think a lot of us realise how lucky we are.
'You've just got to look at Steve (Morison) – two years ago he was playing non-league and now he is scoring goals in the Premier League. He must be doing something right.'
Holt's double took him to six for the season but he insists that he hasn't set himself any goalscoring targets for the campaign – a regular place in the starting line-up is his main focus.
'I never set targets. At the moment I just want to cement a place and see where that takes us.
'I've given the manager a few nudges from the bench the last few weeks so thankfully he chucked me in and it worked.
'I'm very lucky that I've scored a lot of goals since I've been here. I enjoy my football here. My wife and kids are happy – I've just bought a house in Norwich and I'm settled. I've been fortunate enough to play in a fantastic side.'
While family life couldn't be better for Holt, he joked he may have lost a few friends come Saturday evening as a result of his match-winning performance.
'A lot of my friends are Newcastle fans although they might not be my friends now!'