Surman excited by return to Wolves

Andrew Surman knows exactly what lies in store for the Canaries tonight at Molineux.

The Norwich midfielder was signed and then sold by Wolves boss Mick McCarthy after making just nine Premier League appearances during a one season stint prior to his arrival at Carrow Road in 2010.

Surman returns to the Midlands this evening with nothing to prove – but fully briefed on the scale of the task ahead for Paul Lambert's men.

'It's a fantastic stadium and a bit of a cauldron. It will be very intense,' he said. 'They've got a great following, very loud. It's going to be a great atmosphere but we've played in really big atmospheres before so I suppose you have to handle that and if we can keep them quiet for the first 15 or 20 minutes it should hold us in good stead.

'I'm sure teams that come to Carrow Road will have the same ethos. The crowd get behind us and they probably try to stop them being the 12th man. That's a ploy from every team. We need to keep it tight and I'm sure we'll have to withstand a little bit of pressure, but if we can do that again, I'm sure we'll be all right.


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'The away fans have been great. We've got such a good following away and at home and when you go to somewhere like Molineux, where the atmosphere's great anyway, it should be a great spectacle.'

Surman admits his Wolves experience was difficult at the time, but being on the periphery may have been a mixed blessing when he was out of Lambert's plans earlier this season.

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The 25-year-old is now enjoying a sustained run on the left of midfield after starting his fourth consecutive Premier League game at Everton over the weekend.

'It was a frustrating time. I didn't play many times and I was there only a year but I still learned from my time there,' he said.

'It's frustrating not playing every week but now I've got my chance and I feel I'm taking it and if I can stay in the team as long as I can and we keep winning games and picking up points, it's better for me and better for the club as well.

'I feel good. It's frustrating not playing and every player who's not playing wants to get in the starting eleven. It's great I've managed to get back in. My motivation is to stay in that starting eleven now and keep picking up points for the team.

'It's the nature of football, especially in the Premier League with big squads, you don't get many chances. So when you do come into the team, you've got to take your chances. I'm sure the players that aren't in are probably thinking the same thing.'

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