Ryan Bennett is not dwelling on Norwich City mistakes
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Ryan Bennett insists Norwich City's players are not beating themselves up over the mistakes hitting their Premier League progress.
The Canaries' centre-back is poised for his third consecutive top flight start against Swansea City on Saturday with captain Russell Martin suspended for his sending-off in a calamitous late defeat at Manchester City.
Bennett was culpable for the Premier League leaders' first goal at the Etihad, when he failed to track Nicolas Otamendi's run and powerful header from Kevin de Bruyne's corner, but the 25-year-old is ready to put himself back in the firing line.
'You know when you have done something wrong. You don't need to be told,' he said. 'Things like that happen every single week. That is something you have to deal with as a player, every player goes through those moments. You just have to forget about it. Of course you analyse it, you look at it, and think to yourself how you can rectify it, maybe speak to the coaches and then you have to move on. We always look at set pieces and what other teams are doing at set plays and maybe it is just a bad run and its up to us as players to put it right and maybe then no-one will be talking about it.'
John Ruddy also came in for criticism after his spill gifted the title favourites a late chance to win from the penalty spot but Bennett is adamant the Norwich keeper will prove his class as City's backline hunt a first Premier League clean sheet of the season.
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'John is one of the best goalkeepers in this country and there is no more to be said on that one,' said Bennett. 'For me, I would put him in the top three of four so you would be doing well to find another one. Of course, clean sheets are important. You can build on that. If you don't concede then it only takes one or two to nick a win. At the moment we need to score two or three to get a positive result.'
Back-up defender Bennett aims to convince Alex Neil he can be a leading light in the Premier League with Martin's suspension providing a window of opportunity.
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'Ultimately it is about biding your time, coming into training and working hard, and hopefully you get your chance,' he said. 'I don't think we have any players here who would react in a bad way. In this day and age you can't come in and moan. This is a good group of lads and we are trying to improve every day. When the other lads are doing well and the team is doing well then I am happy. That is all that matters.
'Following on from last year, when Russ and Seb did ever so well, I knew the start of this season they would probably be playing. After the year they had I couldn't expect to come in and play.
'I was out injured for a long time and they earned the right after getting promoted and of course we started very well in the Premier League and picked up some good results. It took a long time to get my place back and when you come in you want the team to pick up results so you stay in the side.'