Result was all that mattered - Drury
Norwich City defender Adam Drury believes strength in depth is the key to the Canaries' League One promotion march. Drury made his first appearance for two months in the epic 1-0 weekend home win over Leeds that moved Paul Lambert's men to within touching distance of an instant Championship return.
Norwich City defender Adam Drury believes strength in depth is the key to the Canaries' League One promotion march.
Drury made his first appearance for two months in the epic 1-0 weekend home win over Leeds that moved Paul Lambert's men to within touching distance of an instant Championship return.
The long serving left-back was recalled in place of Michael Rose after being sidelined for seven matches with a thigh injury before kicking his heels on the bench behind the Stockport loan recruit. Drury was determined to grab his chance, having missed City's New Year surge following a string of impressive displays.
"We've got a great squad now and if you're not playing well week in, week out, then you won't get in the side," said Drury. "The gaffer's got people on the bench who can win you games.
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"No one is saying we've achieved anything yet, especially in the dressing room because at this moment in time we haven't - and it's happened before where teams have blown up. We've got to make sure we don't. We've got a big Easter coming up and if we get two positive results, I hope we'll be where we want to be and get out of this league.
"I felt a bit tired towards the end because of the way the game was - very high tempo and not a lot of quality. But for some reason I wasn't so tired after the 89th minute. After we scored, the tiredness seemed to drain out of me then."
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Chris Martin also responded perfectly to being left out of Lambert's starting line up to notch his 21st of the campaign with little more than a minute of normal time from fellow substitute Stephen Hughes' inviting cross.
"It was a great finish - ideal for us and the reverse of what happened at Leeds," said Drury, reflecting on Jermaine Beckford's injury time winner at Elland Road in October. "The same happened to them as happened to us there and it's absolutely gutting. Thankfully we're on the right end of it this time."
Drury admitted City had to grind out arguably the most significant of their 15 home league wins this term.
"It was never a particularly fluent game, a bit kick and rush to be honest, but at this stage of the season you don't really care as long as you win, which is what we did," he said. "In terms of football, it wasn't a pretty game to watch but I shouldn't think too many people are bothered about that.
"It's all about results now. We want to play great football and everyone knows this season we've played great football in a lot of the games, but at the minute it doesn't matter.
"It ended up being a bit of a scrap but you don't worry about that when you win."