Tierney relishing Canaries’ push for promotion

Norwich City defender Marc Tierney insists the prospect of a Championship promotion dogfight is right up his street.

The abrasive left-back is loving life at the sharp end of the division with Norwich heading a pack of five clubs separated by seven points in the battle for a Premier League ticket behind runaway leaders QPR.

'I think it's there to be relished, where we are in the league and the position the lads have got themselves in, you've got to relish those opportunities,' he said.

'I think if you don't relish that opportunity you might as well just always go in your career, moseying along. We've got a squad in there that want to push on and achieve things and with that comes pressure. I think you have to thrive in it, having 26,000 depending on you and coming through smelling of roses at 6-0.

'You've got to lap it up. That's what it's all about, and we'll continue to thrive in that pressure towards the end of the season.'

Tierney is still taken aback at the size of the Canaries' fan base following his mid-season switch from Colchester with another 2,000 strong support making the long cross-country trek to Swansea.

'We've heard the figures that are travelling over there and it's absolutely frightening, especially as the game is live on television,' he said. 'People could have sat in their armchairs but they're not like that round here, are they?

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'They come and support in their droves and it's absolutely fantastic. At every game it just amazes me, the quality of the support is fantastic. It definitely spurs the lads on and when we go to the Liberty Stadium, and we'll see our fans there, it definitely gives you that buzz and that extra little kick to go on and do well – hopefully we can do it for them.'

Tierney is braced for another stiff test of Norwich's promotion credentials against the Welsh outfit.

'They're a good side, definitely at home,' he said. 'They seem to have played very well there. They've got good players.

'They're one of the teams that like to keep the ball like we do. They'll be a match for us in the possession stakes of the game but we don't fear anyone at this stage of the season – anything but.

'We'll be going there, setting our stall out and looking to attack. It should be a great game for a neutral but we're hoping we can come away with a good result and that will be fantastic for us with the games coming this week.'