Surman ready for anything
Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman insists the Canaries are ready to take a step into the unknown ahead of tomorrow's Premier League opener at Wigan.
The 24-year-old is among a select group within the current squad to have played at the highest level after making seven top flight appearances for Wolves during the 2009/10 campaign.
'I only played a handful – it was a bit of a frustrating time to be fair,' he said. 'Yes of course there is limited experience, but if you don't know about it you can't be scared of it. There's no fear.
'We're going in without any fear at all. It's unknown territory for a lot of the players but I still believe we've got good enough players to compete in that league and we've got the right hunger and the right attitude and enough quality to go and compete.
'I think everyone feels they belong. Obviously we did amazing to win League One, although I wasn't a part of that, and to get the promotion last season, we feel we've earned the right to be in this league so we're going in with no fear, going in to play some of the best teams in the world and we're going to enjoy it.'
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Surman believes Paul Lambert's men can hit the ground running, backed by a 4,500 travelling support at the DW Stadium in their bid to pick up an opening day win.
'Obviously it's massive,' he said. 'We want to get the confidence going early on but we're fully confident we can get the three points on Saturday and hopefully we can win more games than not. In the Premier League it is very difficult to pick up points, but we've got that team spirit and we've got the belief that we've got good enough players, a good enough team and good enough squad to compete in the Premier League.'
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Team-mate Steve Morison is in similarly bullish mood as he prepares to take his final step from part-time football.
'From a personal point of view, I just want to see how good I can be,' he said. 'I have managed to do okay at every level that I have been at so far. It is an unknown quantity for me – I don't know what it is going to be like. I haven't got a clue, but I am just going to go in there and give it my all and be part of the team because it is going to be the team that takes us further, rather than any individuals.'
Morison believes Blackpool's initial impact last season in the Premier League proved what is possible.
'Maybe people are going to learn off what happened with Blackpool and realise that the teams coming up are a bit better than they thought they were,' he said. 'We don't know what will happen. It is all an unknown quantity. The Premier League is the best league in the world and everyone is just looking forward to it. We all want to make sure that we give a good account of ourselves and we are not just there to make the numbers up.'