The time is right for Norwich City’s Surman
Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman believes he is hitting peak form at the perfect time to bolster the Canaries' Championship promotion push.
Surman's match-winning strike against Nottingham Forest capped an eye-catching display at Carrow Road which again underlined the cultured midfielder's value to Paul Lambert over the promotion run-in. The 24-year-old's first season in City colours had been interrupted by two lengthy knee injuries but Surman feels fit and fresh after his 12th consecutive senior outing in the televised win over Forest.
'Yeah, it was frustrating in the early part of the season to be out that long but thankfully the team kept winning and I was coming back into a winning team,' he said. 'It takes a little while to get back in touch and pick up the swing of things but I always had confidence in my ability and I just want to keep performing like I know I can over the run-in and hopefully help the side to keep picking up the wins.
'I really enjoyed it (against Forest). The atmosphere was superb and it's a great place to play when the fans get right behind you. I loved it, especially to get a win.'
Surman admitted the return of Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt was also a massive injury boost for the rest of the squad. Holt passed an early morning fitness test after suffering a grade one hamstring tear against Watford but scored Norwich's equaliser and then teed up Surman for the game's decisive moment.
'It was fantastic to see both Grant and Wes come back in because it gives everyone a massive lift,' said Surman. 'Holty has come back from the dead with a goal and an assist and whenever you see their names on the team sheet it gives you a lift. It was hard physically to get ourselves prepared again for Forest after a difficult week but I think we've got quite a lot of strength in depth. If you see the boys coming off the bench, people like Henri (Lansbury) and Lapps (Simon Lappin) it's great. We have got a lot of strength in depth and we have a strong enough squad to cope with this amount of games.'
Surman was delighted to maintain his goalscoring hot streak in front of the television cameras after his previous strike in last month's 3-1 home win over Bristol City.
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'It is quite funny for me to score again because at Southampton we never won a game when the cameras were there. It was a strange sort of thing,' he said. 'Holty put a brilliant ball through for me. He waited for just the right moment and lucky enough I managed to stay onside. The pass didn't really leave me much to do.
'It's always nice to win on telly and just like the Bristol game I think that was another great advert for not only us, but the league. There were two good sides on show. Forest is a good side and difficult to beat but on our day I think we can beat anyone.'
City have the small matter of a derby trip to Ipswich this week but Surman believes they can make the short trip with renewed confidence after getting back to winning ways.
'It was huge really on the back of the two previous results. We knew we needed a win to put the pressure back on the others,' he said. 'We feel it is still in our own hands. If we can win all our games I think that would be enough. We certainly never lost confidence in our ability. 'Swansea was disappointing just because of how massive the game was.'