Norwich City’s Martin Olsson learnt a harsh lesson from Wolves red card
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Martin Olsson's Championship season got off to the worst possible start – but the Norwich City defender is convinced the Canaries are well set for a successful conclusion.
The Swedish international was sent off on the opening weekend at Wolves, and earned an extended FA ban for his frustrated reaction to the referee's red card at Molineux.
Olsson had to bide his time before returning to Neil Adams' starting line up and the 26-year-old is adamant there will be no repeat.
'It shouldn't have happened. It did, I was frustrated but I learned from that and I look forward now,' he said. 'I just want to play as well as I can and stay in the team. It wasn't the best thing to do.
'I think I can play a lot better but it has been going alright. I missed a few games with some personal issues as well back home so it has been tough for me but to come back in and the side to be winning games is the most important thing. It feels like every time we step on the pitch we can get a result and that is a good thing. I want us to go up straight away because you want to play in the best league and that is where you want to be.'
Olsson is enjoying operating down Norwich's left flank with exciting young duo Nathan Redmond and Josh Murphy.
'It is good to have the likes of Nathan and Murph in front of me but the only problem is when they go so quick it is hard to keep up with them and get up on the overlap,' he said. 'They can take players on so you just give them the ball and let them get on with it. It's good to see Josh coming through as well.
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'I think we play more attacking football now so that gives you a chance to get forward, but even last season under the previous manager he never told me to sit back, he said go when you wanted to so maybe as a team we are more attacking this season.'
Olsson insists City's midweek 1-0 Championship defeat to Charlton, the first in the league since that trip to Wolves, was a blip.
'It was tough to take, I don't know, they had something like two shots on goal so it was frustrating to feel we lost three points there when it shouldn't have happened,' he said. 'I think it will make us stronger on Saturday. We should be winning most of our games here at home, we know that, but it is still just the beginning of the season.
'Hopefully we can start to win here but we are winning away and that is important. That helps a bit.
'Wolves is a good side and they have proved that with their results. We were not at our best that day. I know if we had played them around now it would have been a different game. We would have more possession and more control. That was the first game of the season and we were not at 100% but if we played them again it would be a different match.'