Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett targets FA Cup glory
Elliott Bennett would love to open his Norwich City goal account on the FA Cup stage.
The 23-year-old has underlined his value to Paul Lambert in a variety of roles during recent times – notably with two assists at Swansea last weekend – but has yet to trouble the scorers in 22 senior City appearances. Bennett, however, boasts a decent FA Cup scoring pedigree, with goals last season at former club Brighton to help the lower league Seagulls reach the fifth round and a brace in the previous year's run to a fourth round meeting at Aston Villa.
Bennett hopes he has done enough to try and add to that run against Leicester after featuring in both the Burnley and West Brom ties.
'Of course I want to score goals but if the team's winning and we're doing well, I don't really mind so much,' he said. 'It's a team game and I know Pilks (Anthony Pilkington) is scoring goals and Holty's (Grant Holt) scoring goals, so it's not like we're struggling for goals anyway. Maybe I'll leave it for when we are and might pop up with one. Yes, I want to score and I'll keep trying to do so.
'I scored a couple in the cup last season and I wouldn't mind one today but I've got to get in the team first. The FA Cup's a brilliant competition and everyone wants to do well. We're no different and the gaffer will send us out with a winning mentality like we always have. We're all professionals and we want to win football matches. If you saw the session on a Friday when it's young versus old, then you'd know how much people want to win. And to play a football match in front of paying fans that come out every week to watch you, you want to do well all the time.'
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Bennett insists supporters can dream about what lies tantalisingly over the horizon - those inside the dressing room are not looking beyond Leicester.
'We've got a very tough game first before we can start thinking about that, but it's another football match that we want to win to keep the momentum going,' he said. 'We want to win every single game we can and the gaffer sends us out to do that. We'll be trying our best and hopefully it's enough on the day.
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'Everyone's pulling in the right direction, we're passing the ball well, creating chances and scoring goals. And I think we've been defending quite well. We let two goals in last Saturday, but could quite easily have scored five or six. It's really enjoyable and when you're winning you always want to play the next game. It's always nice to win and I think it was a comprehensive victory. I thought we played really well against a side that everyone's been dubbing Barcelona, so we were really pleased to get the three points towards that total of trying to stay up.'
Bennett is well aware Norwich's Premier League success casts them in the unfamiliar role of favourites against the Championship play-off hopefuls.
'It's always that way when you play a team from the division below, but if we can match their work rate like we did against Burnley and show some quality on the ball, I'm sure we've got enough to win the game,' he said.