There is more to come from Marco Stiepermann at Norwich City
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Marco Stiepermann is settling into life at Norwich City – with the promise of more to come.
The 26-year-old joined the Canaries from German side Bochum after the opening weekend of the season, and in the previous four games has played all bar the opening hour at Millwall.
And in a squad that has undergone so much change in such a short space of time, Stiepermann is another who feels his best will come with time.
'I like it here very much,' he said. 'People are very nice and now I've played the last two games from the beginning.
'I want to give everything for the team. For sure I need a little bit more time to be there with 120pc, then I will go further on and give everything.
'I came a little bit later to the team but they helped me a lot from the first day and for sure, my English is also not the best – but it's not easy when you come from another country to another land.
'It's the football, the circumstances, the situation – everything. I feel happy and I feel good in the games. I feel fit.
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'There are nuances that can help me to play much better. But I feel very happy here and of course, we have to improve. So if we win games, the team feeling will be much better.'
Some of the good will earned by City's dogged victory over Birmingham was lost just three days later, in a difficult goalless Carrow Road draw with struggling Burton Albion.
And things won't get easier when City head to Bramall Lane for a clash with a rather robust Sheffield United side sitting third on their Championship return.
Stiepermann added: 'For sure you need a plan A and plan B. We tried everything. We tried to play more for the wingers, and then sometimes more for the central midfield players. But it was not easy against a team that lost their last game 5-0.
'The last two games we've played to nil, and I think that is more important for us after two games where we conceded eight goals, which was a lot. If we don't get goals in the future and play to nil, we don't lose a game.
'It's not simple but we need a balance. Step one is to play to nil, and the next step is to score goals. Then you win games. It's easy, football!
'Many teams here play really long balls and I think we play a good ball. Our game is a possession game and I think in the next games we will take points with it, but we need some time. The season is really long and the points are more important, but we will get there.
'For me on Saturday we have to play the same balls (like against Burton), but just have to score. That's the simple way.'