Norwich City’s Elliott Bennett focused on Premier League safety
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Norwich City winger Elliott Bennett insists no-one is pressing the panic button at Carrow Road despite the Canaries letting three priceless points slip through their fingers against Swansea.
After being second best for much of the first period in which Michu gave the Welsh side a deserved lead, City rallied just before the break with Robert Snodgrass nodding them level before Michael Turner slammed home to make it 2-1 on the hour mark.
It looked like being the perfect day for Chris Hughton's men at this point with other results going for them. But Luke Moore's leveller punctured the bubble of optimism around the ground whilst Aston Villa's late show at Stoke continued the concertina effect in the bottom half of the division.
However, Bennett pointed to the fact Norwich's point was enough to take them up a place in the table, before Newcastle's win over Fulham, and is confident they will pick up enough points to preserve their top-flight status. 'If the season ended tomorrow we would be in the Premier League,' said Bennett, who was a constant thorn in the side of the Swansea back four, providing the two assists for City's goals. 'We've just got to keep plugging away and picking up points where we can.
'If we draw six of the next six then that would put us on 41 points – that would probably be enough.
'It's all about Premier League survival – it's not about how many wins you get in a season. Of course we all want to win like the fans. But if we stayed up drawing 38 games in a season, drawing at places like Manchester United and Manchester City then we would take it.
'For this football club it's about staying in the Premier League and then building on that for next season.'
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Many fans approached Saturday's game with a good deal of trepidation following City's no-show against Wigan last time out and Norwich's first half performance did little to allay their fears.
Despite going into the match on the back of three defeats Swansea suddenly looked like the side that have gained so many plaudits under Michael Laudrup as they scythed through the Norwich back line at will.
Jonathan De Guzman and Ki Sung Yeung were dictating the middle of the park until Snodgrass' header five minutes before the break restored a degree of confidence to the Canaries.
'We just weren't good enough, it's as simple as that,' added Bennett. 'I don't think it was nerves. Sometimes you're on it and sometimes you're not. Sometimes you just have to dig yourself out of it – we've got a great group of lads that are never going to shy away from it.
'The pressure was on in the first 20 minutes and we managed to combat it and come back with something of our own. Sometimes when you don't start well you need a lift and thankfully we managed to get that through the goal.
'I thought we really put Swansea on the back foot and deserved our lead. When you concede like we did it's obviously really disappointing but it's another point and we just need to keep going to the end of the season and ensure our survival.'
While Bennett and his team-mates were frustrated they couldn't finish off the job once Turner had put them in the lead, the former Brighton man believes a sense of belief had been restored after rediscovering their touch in front of goal.
Kei Kamara should have made sure of the points when he was teed up by Robert Snodgrass inside the six-yard area before Dwight Tiendalli made a last-ditch challenge but fans were heartened to see their side create opportunities in the wake of the lacklustre display at Wigan.
'We haven't been scoring goals of late so it's pleasing we managed to do that today,' he said. 'We've just got to keep creating when we can and try to keep them out at the other end.
'We're disappointed that we haven't got all three points but if you had looked at the first 20 minutes it's a point gained from that.'