Ricky van Wolfswinkel has found a home from home at Norwich City
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Norwich City's club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel admitted he had savoured the warm reaction of the Carrow Road crowd to his goalscoring home debut against Real Sociedad.
The 24-year-old earned one of the loudest cheers of the night when his name was announced in the Canaries' starting line-up pre-match and van Wolfswinkel rewarded those in attendance with his first goal in Norwich colours.
The Dutch international bundled home Leroy Fer's near post header to put Chris Hughton's side ahead before Carlos Vela levelled for the Champions League hopefuls.
'Those kind of things are only small maybe but they really help me to get used to the club and the environment,' he said.
'It was really good and a great feeling to play at Carrow Road and I want to play more games like this now and have the stadium full with the fans behind us. It excites me to get that sort of reaction before the game.
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'For me the atmosphere around the club and with the club is perfect, perfect for me, and that's what I like to surround myself with. When the team plays at Carrow Road they play with a 12th man. Of course it is a big change, but the people here are doing a great job to help me with that. I've found a great house and we are very happy in Norwich. It is a smaller city to Lisbon of course but it feels cosy and the people in the city are good. I'm here for the football of course but it is important to feel settled.'
Van Wolfswinkel's close range finish against La Real underlined his predatory instincts after deflecting Fer's header past Carlos Bravo.
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'It went in off my left leg but it was a good header from Leroy and I am there of course in the right position to score goals like that,' he said. 'It was a typical striker's goal. It doesn't really matter how you hit it. Maybe it was a bit lucky but I was in the right position. Of course I am happy to get off the mark and score on my first game in the stadium. I am now really looking forward to the new season and I think everybody is looking forward to that moment.
'We have players here who can really play good football but they can also be vey physically strong when they need to be. You look at it last season, there weren't that many teams that scored too many goals against Norwich and they didn't concede against the champions Manchester United at home. It shows what the team can do.'